Kim E-bae, executive vice president of corporate support at Asiana Airlines Inc., second from left, poses with Johannes Bussmann, chief executive of Lufthansa Technik AG, far right, after signing a total component maintenance agreement for Asiana’s B777 fleet in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, local time. [Photo provided by Asiana Airlines Inc.]
Striving to stay competitive against the ascension of budget carriers, South Korea’s second-largest full-service carrier Asiana Airlines Inc. has reinforced its long-haul fleet and route and upgraded quality control through expanded partnership with Germany’s Lufthansa Technik AG, a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for aircrafts and their engines and components.
Under the agreement that was signed in Hamburg, Asiana Airlines will receive component maintenance and repair service from Lufthansa Technik for its B777 fleet for 10 years starting this year. The latest agreement is part of a long-term partnership Asiana Airlines has established with Lufthansa Technik over a span of more than two decades, starting with a repair contract signed in 1994 for CF6 engine of B747 and B767 aircrafts. It also forged agreements on component maintenance for A320 V2500 engine and A380 aircraft airframe as well as maintenance component supply for Asiana Airlines’ A320 and A350 fleet.
Lufthansa Technik was founded in 1994 after it spun off from Deutsche Deutsche Lufthansa AG as an independent corporation providing maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for civil aircrafts as well as engines and components. The Hamburg-based company with 35 subsidiaries currently provides technical aircraft services to Lufthansa, British Airways, and Finnair.
Asiana Airlines separately announced that it received its fifth high-technology A350 jet from Airbus and placed it on its long-haul route. The jet arrived at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday after departing from Toulouse, France, the home of Airbus headquarters.
Asiana Airlines, which has been moving to expand its mid- to long-haul flights to remain competitive against emerging low-cost carriers, received four A350 jets last year and plans to add two more this year. The airline will add two new non-stop cities Venice and Barcelona each in May and August, the first expansion in its European route after flying directly to Rome from 2015.
By Moon Ji-woong and Lee Eun-joo
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