Finnair, the first European airline to operate
the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, has awarded Lufthansa Technik a
12-year agreement for component support for the new aircraft type.
Lufthansa Technik is one of the leading
providers of technical services for the aviation industry, and the
agreement with Finnair is the company's first contract for A350
XWB component support.
"The new A350 XWB aircraft form the backbone of
our growth strategy, and component support agreement is one part
of our thorough preparations for the aircraft's arrival," said Jari Huhtinen, Vice President, Finnair Technical Operations. "We
are pleased to sign this contract with Lufthansa Technik. World
class technical competencies, high reliability of repair service and overall cost competitiveness were key factors in our
The exclusive Total
Component Support TCS contract covers the availability and repair
services of A350 XWB components. Finnair already has an agreement
with Lufthansa Technik on engine-related components service for
V2500 engines and APU services for APS3200.
"This first contract for
component support for the newest Airbus aircraft is a terrific
vote of confidence from our customer Finnair," said Dr. Johannes Bussmann, CEO of Lufthansa Technik. "It also underscores once
again our many years of expertise in ensuring a smooth
introduction of new aircraft types.”
maintenance organisation at Helsinki Airport is responsible
for the line maintenance of Finnair's current fleet and the new
A350 XWB fleet.
Finnair has firm orders for 19 A350 XWB
aircraft, the first four of which are expected to arrive in the
fleet in the second half of this year, with another seven in 2016
and 2017. The complete order will be fulfilled by 2023.
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