Lufthansa Technik Philippines ’ (LTP) hangar expansion is on track, six months after the Manila-based aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider broke ground in January to extend its main hangar.
“With the rising opportunities presented by regional growth, we have been building up our capabilities. This hangar expansion project is the latest in our continued efforts to meet different aircraft requirements and stay competitive in the market,” says Dr. Burkhard Andrich, President and CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines.
The construction expands two existing bays equipped with versatile docking systems that can accommodate current widebodies and newer models for the Airbus A350, Boeing 777-9X, and 787. This will also be LTP’s second line for A380 base maintenance and its entry into Boeing 777 base maintenance. The development is expected to expand the company’s yearly capacity by 200,000 manhours.
Construction is on schedule at LTP’s facility by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway, with the foundation laid before the start of the rainy season. It is now in the process of erecting the extension’s prefabricated steel structures, while construction and logistics for new and relocated offices, docking systems, linking bridges and mezzanines are concurrently taking shape. The facility’s MRO operations remain unhampered, owing to early preparation and smart planning. Furthermore, tooling and equipment have already started to be delivered for the facility’s new state of the art centralized toolroom.
In preparation for LTP’s new Boeing 777 base maintenance capability and increased A380 capacity, extensive training for its highly qualified production staff is ongoing, in partnership with Lufthansa Technical Training Philippines.
LTP’s hangar extension will be inaugurated this November, as it welcomes an Airbus A380 layover at the beginning of the month. The company’s Boeing 777 base maintenance capability will be available in the first half of 2016.