Lufthansa Technik won a significant contract from Qantas for technical support of GE and CFM56-7 engines powering the carrier's 737, 767, 747 and A330 aircraft. The 10-year deal gives LHT a 50% stake in Qantas's engine overhaul business Jet Turbine Services, a Melbourne-based company with a current workforce of 140.

"This major engine overhaul contract is a significant breakthrough for Lufthansa Technik in the Asia/Pacific growth market," LHT Chairman August Wilhelm Henningsen said. "Qantas can depend on the quality of the world's largest and best-known manufacturer-independent engine MRO provider. This contract enables us to secure high-tech jobs in Germany and at our new joint venture in Melbourne. We will also be able to offer an extended range of services in the region."

An estimated 600 engines will be processed over the next decade at JTS. Assembly and testing for CF6-80s, CFM56-7s and CFM56-3s will take place in Melbourne while engine part and component repair will occur largely at LHT's shop in Hamburg. As equal shareholders in the JV, Qantas and LHT intend to modernize and expand JTS, offering additional products and services such as flap track and carriage overhaul for QF widebodies. Product extension aimed at Southeast Asian customers is also possible.

"The partnership between Lufthansa Technik and Qantas is one of the most significant commercial aircraft maintenance joint ventures in Australia, combining Qantas's expertise with that of the world's largest independent aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operator," QF CEO Geoff Dixon said. "The partnership will provide JTS with global expertise, improved technical capability and an increased scale of operation."

Separately, LHT reached agreement with Croatia Airlines to provide component support for its four Q400s, plus two soon to be delivered. "We are very pleased that Lufthansa Technik has decided to offer the support for the Dash 8 Q400 components," OU VP-Maintenance and Engineering Vanja Roller said. "Based on the experience with the Total Component Support from Lufthansa Technik for our Airbus fleet, we are confident that the same level of quality, ontime performance and standard will be applied to the new product."

Aircraft will be serviced at OU's shop in Zagreb while component repairs will be conducted at LHT's Hamburg facility. This will be LHT's first time working on the turboprop.

"We are very proud that Croatia Airlines has extended its longstanding close cooperation with Lufthansa Technik to cover this new aircraft model," remarked LHT Central Europe Sales Manager Ifezue Bertold Mordi. "We are starting out on the technical support of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 with a highly reputed partner."