Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico (LTPR) has opened a third maintenance bay to perform C-checks and cabin modifications.

Initial customers are Airbus A320 family aircraft operators US-based Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways. LTPR is FAA Part 145- and EASA Part 145-approved.

There are 15 checks scheduled in 2016 for the new bay and 17 for 2017. A third standalone cabin modification line for Spirit Airlines is expected to open in September.

LTPR started operations in July 2015 and has a workforce of 270 employees, with plans to grow to 400 in 2017.

The facility in Aguadilla is more than 215,000 sq ft. In its final configuration, LTPR will offer five lines for base and heavy maintenance checks (C-, IL- and D-checks), along with other maintenance work on narrowbody aircraft.

“The maintenance, repair and overhaul [MRO] market is growing—especially in Asia and South America. And our customers expect us to be close to them. We will therefore continue to further expand our international presence so we can take advantage of the expected growth in international aviation,” LHT chairman and CEO Johannes Bussmann told ATW last year.

LTPR, which is located on the west edge of Puerto Rico, is within flying distance of all A320 family aircraft in the Americas.

Lufthansa Technik AG has 800 customers and supported 3,700 aircraft in 2015, up 12% year-over-year.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at