Lufthansa Technik is expanding its involvement in the provision of technical support for the Boeing 787. After Japan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is the second Boeing 787 customer to have appointed Lufthansa Technik to provide component support for its modern long-haul fleet. The Total Component Support contract signed in Addis Ababa with the Ethiopian airline will run for a term of ten years.
Following the delivery of Ethiopian Airlines’ first 787, named “Africa’s First”, in August, Lufthansa Technik has taken on the role of providing material support by using the existing material pool in Germany. Services include repair and logistics services for three Dreamliners already in Etiopian fleet and the remaining seven on order after they have been delivered.
Lufthansa Technik has already been assisting the Star Alliance member with support in optimisation of the MRO organisation with a team on site. The Hamburg-based company
already provides component support for Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 and MD11 aircraft.
“Ethiopian new contract with Lufthansa Technik for the 787 is a continuation of existing relationship between the two and will greatly enhance Ethipian MRO by improve its dispatch reliability, reduce maintenance cost and enhance its supply chain management effectiveness and efficiency of the ultra-modern aircraft”, said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.
“We are delighted by the trust that has been placed in us with this second long-term contract for extensive component support for the Boeing 787,” said Dr Burkhard Andrich, Head of Aircraft Component Services at Lufthansa Technik AG. “And we are confident that, with our experience, we will also be able to make a substantial contribution towards the reliable and economic operation of this ultra-modern aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines, one of the most important long-haul aircraft for the years ahead.”