Lufthansa Technik and Japan Airlines (JAL) have signed an agreement on APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) Maintenance services for the carrier's Airbus A350 fleet. The five-year contracted services will provide repair and overhaul maintenance with spare support for the APU HGT1700 Series. Currently JAL holds 31 firm orders and 25 options for the state-of-the-art long-range jet.

Kojiro Yamashita, Vice President of Procurement at Japan Airlines, said: "The Airbus A350 fleet are such a key fleet for Japan Airlines. We believe this agreement will bring us even more stable and smooth operations and the highest performance for our customers. Furthermore, it provides us added advantage of maintenance cost optimization and advance of engineering ability, while enhancing the long term partnership with Lufthansa Technik."

Gerald Steinhoff, Vice President Corporate Sales Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik, said: "I would like to thank Japan Airlines for their repeated trust placed in us and for their willingness to further expand our excellent relationship by this new contract. We will do our utmost to provide our customer with the technical readiness that will enable JAL to run its operations smoothly."

Japan Airlines' and Lufthansa Technik's longlasting partnership includes a variety of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Among others, Lufthansa Technik has been providing component (TCS®) services for Japan Airlines' Boeing 787 fleet since 2011 and for the carrier's Airbus A350 since June 2019.

Lufthansa Technik is the official warranty station and partner of original equipment manufacturer Honeywell for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the HGT1700 APU. The company has a vast experience in APU overhauls and value-adding engineering services. Due to its in-house repair capability the company offers a measurable cost reduction to it customers compared to a classic parts replacement.

The contract further strengthens Lufthansa Technik's position as the leading MRO services provider for the A350 in Europe and Asia. More than 100 airplanes from different customers already receive comprehensive technical support for components, auxiliary power units, airframe related components, engines and other parts of the aircraft.