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Qatar Airways Appoints Lufthansa Technik to Perform C4-Checks on Airbus Aircraft

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Qatar Airways has appointed Lufthansa Technik to perform C4-Checks on its Airbus A320 Family and A330 aircraft.

 Lufthansa Technik has been tasked with performing a total of 24 C4-Checks in a programme expected to take around two and a half years to complete. The checks will be performed on a total of nine Airbus A320 family narrow-bodied and 15 Airbus A330 wide-bodied aircraft.

Lufthansa Technik recently upgraded its maintenance operation in Malta to include wide-body aircraft such as the A330 type that will be serviced under the C4-Check agreement with Qatar Airways.

 Lufthansa Technikís Maltese facility is considered an ideal plant for carriers from Europe and the Middle East to conduct aircraft maintenance checks given its proximity and quick turnaround times.

An aircraft check is generally classified into one of four categories: A, B, C, or D. The A and B checks are considered light and conducted on a regular basis, while C and D checks are more thorough, with a C check conducted on an aircraft every 12-18 months or following a certain number of hours in service. D checks are usually conducted every four to five years, and involve partial dismantling of the aircraft to allow the most exhaustive inspection of all aspects of an aircraft.

Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 69 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to 82 cities worldwide, a figure set to rise sharply over the next few years. The airlineís fleet will increase to more than 110 aircraft and destinations served top 120 cities over the next five years.

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