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
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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