Sunday, August 12, 2012

NEWS | GoAir signs 10-year contract with Lufthansa Technik for A320 maintenance

Budget airline GoAir has entered into a long-term component support contract with Germany-basedLufthansa Technik for maintaining its Airbus A320 aircraft.
The 10-year contract will cover most spare parts required for maintaining the Wadia Group-promoted carrier's fleet of A320 aircraft as well as the more fuel-efficient narrow-body A320 neo aircraft that it plans to add from 2016 onwards.

GoAir has 13 A320s and it plans to add 72 A320 neo aircraft after four years. The airline operates 98 daily flights and has a market share of over 7%. The carrier has achieved international benchmark for aircraft utilisation, with over 13 hours of flying on its Airbus A320 aircraft.
The details of the deal could not be determined immediately as GoAir refused to divulge details due to contractual obligations.
However, according to the airline, GoAir will get access to Technik's web-based system manage/m and both parties will implement just-in-time inventory management. This tool for managing technical operations will allow the aircraft operator to manage "core functions of their fleet's technical operations as an entirely web-based system". Spare parts will be supplied to the airline's bases at Mumbai and Delhi. Maintenance and repair of the components will be done at Lufthansa Technik facilities. A dedicated customer support team will support GoAir.
"Over the past years, Lufthansa Technik has proven its ability to understand the dedicated needs of low-cost carriers in the Asian region. Thus, we are sure that we have made the right choice to get the best possible technical support for our growth path in India," said GoAir CEO Giorgio De Roni. The engineering arm of the German carrier Lufthansa, Technik, has about 750 customers worldwide as per the corporate information on the company website.


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