Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico operations ‘in full swing’
SAN JUAN – Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico–an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico–announced it has three new customers for base maintenance and modifications.
The facility, which specializes in Airbus A320 family aircraft, has increased its airworthiness approvals to include Brazil and Chile. Four Latin American countries are currently reviewing its service-certification applications. It is already approved by U.S. and Canadian authorities.
The MRO’s three new airline customers are based in Latin America. Last month, it conducted an airworthiness inspection, specifically a C2 check, and carried out a Wi-Fi installation for Avianca Brazil. So-called C checks require a large majority of an aircraft’s components to be inspected in a process that can involve some 6,000 man-hours.
In the coming months, C1- and C2-checks will be performed on two A319 aircraft used by Chile’s Sky Airline. An A320 belonging to one of the facility’s new customers, U.S.-based Allegiant Air, had exterior and cabin interior work performed recently as well.
“Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico is delighted with the recent additions to our customer base. Located strategically in Puerto Rico where we aim to serve customers from both North and South America, we are encouraged by the recent customer acquisitions,” Pat Foley, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, said in the announcing release.
The 215,000-square-foot Aguadilla repair station was inaugurated in 2015 with Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency approval. It has about 300 specialized employees working at the facility, which has five aircraft overhaul lines.
Three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, the MRO redelivered it one-hundredth heavy-maintenance check for Spirit airlines, its oldest customer. The facility also services Jetblue aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik organized relief flights to Aguadilla shortly after the hurricane hit to supply employees and nearby communities with tons of food, water, generators and other emergency and basic equipment. It used one of its maintenance lines as a “humanitarian bay” to facilitate the delivery of goods and supplies.