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 in the middle of May 2019.
"We have worked with Lufthansa Technik before and had very good experiences with the work they do. The benefits we will see for our fleet and flight operations are more efficient maintenance processes, with our aircraft spending less time on ground," comments Erik Venter, Chief Executive Officer of Comair. "This partnership is an important component of Comair's ongoing fleet upgrade strategy.
Comair already operates South Africa's most modern and efficient fleet, and our partnership with Lufthansa Technik will enhance that position to the benefit of our customers, investors and other stakeholders."
Local line maintenance stations established
On 22 May 2019, the first two local facilities of Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International in South Africa were officially opened.
Ulrich Hollerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International, commented: "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. It's a much bigger project than most, since we had to construct the entire organization literally from the ground up."
45 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.
Commitment to Southern Africa
The partnership with Comair is a big step for Lufthansa Technik.
"This is a first for us - providing technical services on this scale in the region. We welcome the opportunity to establish an even stronger presence in Southern Africa," said Markus Berberich, Head of Fleet Services at Lufthansa Technik.