Lufthansa Technik To Open Dublin Mobile Engine Shop
Lufthansa Technik will grow its global network of mobile engine services shops to five when it opens a new facility in Dublin next month.
The five-bay, 6,400 sq. ft. facility at Dublin Airport will begin operating in early October and will initially offer services on CFM56-5B engine, found on the Airbus A320 classic and the CFM56-7b engine types that power Boeing 737 family aircraft.
Services will include Infield and in-station offerings. Lufthansa Technik says the aim of its mobile repair stations is to extend an engine's time-on-wing. With carriers mindful of COVID-19, Lufthansa Technik says these types of services can allow airlines to postpone or even avoid cash-intensive major overhaul shop visits for their assets.
Establishing a Dublin location follows mobile engine services facilities being established in North America located in Montréal, Canada and Tulsa, Oklahoma in the U.S., along with Frankfurt in Germany and Shenzhen in China.
Around 20 engine mechanics will be utilized at the Dublin site, with access to the labor cited as one reason for setting up in the Irish capital along with proximity to Ireland’s leasing community and Lufthansa Technik’s airline customers in the neighboring UK.
The company already has a presence in Ireland through its Lufthansa Technik Shannon business based in the west of the country, where it overhauls short- and medium-range aircraft and offers EASA Part 147 training.
Michael Kirstein, vice president engine parts repair and mobile engine services at Lufthansa Technik, said the new repair station deepens the MRO provider’s investment and belief in its mobile engine services network.