Lufthansa Technik has commenced comprehensive technical services and integrated fleet management for South African carrier Comair. Operations at the first two local line maintenance stations of the MRO company have already begun, with the official opening of the facilities on May 22.
Comair has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide Total Technical Support (TTS) for its Boeing 737 fleet. The agreement includes integrated fleet management, known as Technical Operations Management (TOM), engineering services, the provision of consumables and expendables, integrated component delivery as part of Total Component Support (TCS) and the establishment of local line maintenance stations.
The first two such stations providing comprehensive line maintenance services have been set up in Johannesburg (up to A-checks in an own maintenance hangar) and Cape Town (up to weekly checks). Full technical support for the first Boeing 737-800 of Comair started earlier this month.
“We have a lot of experience in setting up maintenance stations in different regions of the world, but South Africa is something special for us,” said Ulrich Hollerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International. “It’s a much bigger project than most, since we had to construct the entire organization literally from the ground up.”
Forty five local mechanics, avionic technicians and managers are already working at the new stations – with more to follow this year. By the end of 2020, Lufthansa Technik will be servicing the entire Comair fleet and will have set up various line maintenance stations with up to 120 local employees.