03 February 2010
SINGAPORE -- AirAsia X, the low-cost long-haul airline, Wednesday appointed Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) as its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider.
Both parties signed an agreement on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre Wednesday for the LTP to provide MRO services for AirAsia X's fleet of eight Airbus aircraft comprising A330s and A340s for three years beginning next month.
The services will be provided at the LTP facility in Manila. The LTP is the subsidiary of Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik AG, the world's largest MRO provider.
AirAsia X is an affiliate of short-haul carrier, AirAsia, Asia's leading and largest low-cost airline.
"With the LTP on board to provide us expert MRO services, we are able to continue to provide safe flights as well as ensure that our aircraft are kept in an optimum condition," said AirAsia X Engineering Head Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin.
He said this would lead to cost-efficiency, thus enhancing AirAsia's ability to continue offering super low fares.
AirAsia X had previously worked with the LTP when its A340 underwent a 40-hour layover involving the main landing gear seal change at the LTP facility in Manila last month.
By Zakaria Abdul Wahab