Posted on: 24 October 2011 by Mark Howells
Germanwings and Lufthansa Technik have significantly strengthened their existing relationship by signing a strategic co-operation contract regarding technical services for the complete Germanwings fleet, currently comprising 30 Airbus A319s.
To guarantee an optimal technical service for Germanwings, a Lufthansa Technik fleet manager is based at the airline’s headquarters in Cologne/Germany as the single point of contact for every operational issue.
Additionally, the two companies have agreed to integrate the existing contracts for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, engineering services, engines, landing gears and components under one perennial frame contract and are in talks to add further services.
"We are very confident that this extended partnership will streamline the services which Germanwings receives from Lufthansa Technik. Following extensive and creative negotiations, Lufthansa Technik has been able to offer us a very competitive solution. An innovative approach for better integration and a one-face-to-the-customer solution have helped us to optimise our structure without losing core competencies. Additionally, we also could further develop the cost effectiveness of the Germanwings operation," said Dr Axel Schmidt, managing director of Germanwings.
Over recent months the two partners have decided on a highly sophisticated process which kind of support from Lufthansa Technik could complement the existing MRO competencies of Germanwings. For example, Lufthansa Technik has been able to support the Germanwings own system engineering in the fields of warranty management, records management, through the introduction of the web-suite tool m/archive, and escalation of the operators maintenance programme to reduce the maintenance costs.
Additionally, Lufthansa Technik has implemented a dedicated life-limited-parts management system for the CFM56 engines of the 12 leased A319 from the Germanwings fleet which considers the lease return conditions at redelivery to the Lessor. In other areas such as line maintenance, material & logistic services, the two companies say they have fine-tuned the existing co-operation structure. The final result of this process is a highly customised and streamlined service package by Lufthansa Technik which ideally supports Germanwings’ operational business.