Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico inks 5-year MRO deal with Allegiant Air
To continue servicing carrier’s Airbus A320 fleet
SAN JUAN — Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico has signed a five-year agreement with Allegiant Air to provide its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to the airline’s fleet.
The announcement was made by the Lufthansa Group President and Executive Director Cartsen Spohr and Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico CEO Patrick Foley. Gov. Wanda Vázquez and Economic Development Secretary Manuel Laboy attended the announcement.
Inaugurated in 2015, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico’s state-of-the art facility in the Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla employees about 400 specialized workers. The company has continuously expanded its facility and now runs five overhaul lines specializing in MRO services for the Airbus A320 range of short and medium-range aircraft.
Las Vegas, Nevadabased Allegiant Air operates flights from more than 110 U.S. cities. According to Lufthansa Technik’s March and April issue of “Connection,” in 2018, the airline changed its fleet “to a pure A320 family…. Now, with more than 75 A319 and A320 aircraft, the carrier has put some of the base maintenance services for its fleet into the hands of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, the facility in Lufthansa Technik’s base maintenance network specializing in Airbus A320 family aircraft for the Americas region.”
“You have shown your commitment to Puerto Rico and its people in many ways,” Vázquez said. “Particularly after Hurricane Maria, Lufthansa Technik opened for business just three weeks after the hurricane devastated the island.”
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, meanwhile, said Lufthansa has created about 15,000 jobs in the United States, adding, “We want to grow…and our focus was to do that here.”
Germany-based Lufthansa Technik is considered among the top leading aircraft engine, component, heavy airframe and line maintenance providers in the world.
“Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico is a brilliant example of the Lufthansa Group partnership with the local community in Aguadilla with the government of Puerto Rico and with the federal government,” Spohr said.
In 2017, Lufthansa launched the Aguadilla Institute of Aeronautical and Aerospace (IAAPR by its Spanish acronym) training program with the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). The program allowed for the formation of highly trained aviation mechanics.
“I thank Lufthansa for selecting our island for its operations and for its confidence to do business in Puerto Rico,” Vázquez said. “It is an important investment and contribution for our island. Thank you for the trust and commitment to our people, and you have the Economic Development and Commerce [Department] and the government of Puerto Rico’s support.”
Laboy, meanwhile, said that the aerospace industry in Puerto Rico continues to grow.
“This sector directly employs about 5,000 highly skilled and committed workers,” Laboy said. “We will continue to support this sector through multiple resources and initiatives such as the Incentives Code, which is available to make Puerto Rico one of the main places to offer services to the aerospace sector, as our location is ideal for servicing aircraft from both North and South America.”
Laboy added that in 2018, the aerospace industry exported about $500 million.