Published on June 13th, 2017 | by Alan Dwyer0
Lufthansa Technik to maintain Boeing Dreamliners
Lufthansa Technik Shannon has announced a multi-million Euro investment that will allow maintenance in Ireland for the first time to the B787 Dreamliner. The Shannon-based aircraft maintenance and repair (MRO) service provider will modify the existing hanger to accommodate the larger aircraft. Lufthansa Technik Shannon will be capable of providing modifications, cabin and interior refurbishment, interior repair and paint, external paint repairs, specialised inspections, airworthiness directives, compliance checks and a full range of maintenance services, on site in Shannon.
Commenting on the announcement of the investment at Shannon, Lufthansa Technik CEO Pat Shine said, “Today’s announcement is great news for Shannon and we believe it will be widely welcomed by the aviation industry globally. Ireland has an excellent reputation in MRO and now, with B787 capabilities, we have extended and grown our customer offering. The B787 is one of the most technically-advanced airplanes in the sky and we will offer leading-edge, specialist services, minimising the time that the aircraft is out of service, which is what our customers demand. As a company we are really excited about this latest development and look forward to welcoming the first of many Dreamliners to Ireland later this year. The big focus for the company is the up-skilling of our teams so that we are not only Dreamliner-ready, but that we have the most up-to-date resources and competencies available in the aviation market place.”
The company has also announced that it is launching two new aircraft maintenance trainee classes in the autumn. Specialist training is crucial to the future of the aviation industry and for equipping personnel with the skills needed for highly-sophisticated, 21st Century aircraft. The classes will be for Structures Technicians and Mechanical, Systems and Engine Technicians and are highly regarded at an international level.
There is currently more than 540 Dreamliners in service around the world and over 1,200 more on order with Boeing. Since it began operations in Ireland in 1989 as Shannon Aerospace, the company has grown to employ over 500 people and provides Base Maintenance Services on the Boeing 737 family, the Boeing 757 and 767 and the Airbus A320 family aircraft. Lufthansa Technik expect the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to visit the Shannon facility before the end of the year.