Lufthansa Technik “is set to become a leading 787 MRO” following a deal with JAL, blares a headline in AviTrader’s current issue of MRO magazine.
The magazine writes:
Lufthansa Technik will become one of the world’s leading 787 MRO providers after concluding a Total Component Support (TCS) contract with
Japan Airlines (JAL) to support its fleet of 787 Dreamliners. The agreement runs for a term of 10 years and will see the MRO provide material
support, including repairs and logistics services, for JAL’s fleet of 35 Dreamliners from the moment its first aircraft is delivered next year. Lufthansa
Technik will supply its customer with materials from Tokyo as well as from its existing material locations in Frankfurt and Hamburg.
JAL has GEnx engines on its 787s, which may give GE the edge in engine selection for Lufthansa.
The German airline has been evaluating the Airbus A350 XWB and the 787 for many months for what would be a huge order, perhaps 150, across the Lufthansa group.
Lufthansa is expected to make a decision next year and we think it likely a split order would be forthcoming. Although there is a strong case for Boeing to win the entire order, we doubt this will happen.
Why would Boeing be the sole winner? Lufthansa simply doesn’t need the extreme range of the A350–up to 8,500nm. The talked-about 787-10 is, for the moment, a 6,900nm range airplane which is more suitable for Lufthansa. If you want this airplane, which is sized as a replacement for the 777-200ER, then you might as well stick with commonality of the 787-9 (with which you get the long range anyway).
At the same time, the A350-900 and A350-1000 have greater range and capacity and since Lufthansa is German and so is half of Airbus, an order is all but certain.
In addition to the 787 MRO deal, Lufthansa Technik contracted to service the 787’s Hamilton Sundstrand components. Write AviTrader:
The contract with JAL was Lufthansa Technik‘s first for services on the 787. It followed the deal up a week later when it negotiated a licensing
agreement with Hamilton Sundstrand to become a partner in Hamilton Sundstrand’s support network for Boeing 787 components. Hamilton
Sundstrand is the biggest single supplier of components for the 787, accounting for over 40%. According to Andrich, the licensing agreement
gives Lufthansa Technik access to repairs, the development of repair
solutions, test rigs and more, and will ensure that the company has a
‘firm foothold’ in the 787 for a long time.