Lufthansa Technik has announced its Middle East operations facility (LTME) is fully open for business at Dubai South.
The new site was inagurated on 16th May by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and chairman of the Emirates Group, H.E. Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South and Guenter Rauer, consul general of Germany in Dubai.
LTME’s facility inauguration came as Germany and the UAE held talks last month on increased cooperation between the two countries, with particular regards to aviation.
Lufthansa CEO, Carsten Spohr, was also in the UAE last month as part of the German delegation visiting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the carrier explores ways in which to boost cooperation with the UAE’s national carrier, Etihad.
Audited by the Federal Aviation Office of Germany and different customers from the region, the facility will serve as Lufthansa’s MRO arm in the region.
A number of different parts have already been repaired on-site in the weeks before the inauguration, including thrust reversers, inlet cowls and radomes.
As a result of joint discussions with customers LTME’s capabilities are being increased for further components. LTME currently offers Airframe Related Component (ARC®) support, AOG (Aircraft-On-Ground) support, landing gear and engine and engine wash services and a local material support desk. The material pool has been extended and covers now parts and components for the Boeing 787, 777 and the Airbus A320 and A350. Further evaluation of additional capabilities is ongoing depending on other customer requirements. The current LTME site at Dubai International Airport will be kept operational.
“Having a key presence in the Aviation District has put us in a prime position as a leader in the regional maintenance, repair and overhaul business,” says says Ziad Al Hazmi, CEO LTME.