German flag carrier Lufthansa has a large fleet that consists of close to 300 aircraft. Keeping such a significant number of planes operational is a huge project, and the airline does so through its own engineering division. Known as Lufthansa Technik, this part of the company has bases situated all around the world. But where exactly are these?
The main base
A dedicated maintenance and engineering team has supported Lufthansa for decades. Nonetheless, it only reached into existence as a separate entity, namely Lufthansa Technik, in January 1995. However, while this branch of the company was a new creation, its primary base was not. This facility is found in Hamburg, in northern Germany.
Hamburg is an interesting location for such a base. It is a key city for European aviation, with Airbus including a significant presence there. However, for Lufthansa, it is a small airport. Indeed, the German flag carrier serves just two domestic routes from there. As such, the reason for Lufthansa Technik’s significant presence in Hamburg is a historical one.
A maintenance base has existed in Hamburg since 1951
This predates the post-war establishment of Lufthansa as Germany’s new peacetime flag carrier in 1953. However, the reason for the base’s construction was, in fact, in preparation for the new airline’s takeoff. Today, it hosts some 7,500 employees over more than 750,000 square meters.
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In terms of flights, Lufthansa’s main hub is situated in Frankfurt. As such, it is no amazement to see that the carrier’s maintenance arm also has a base at Frankfurt Airport. The largest city in Hessen is actually home to two divisions of Lufthansa Technik: Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International and Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services.
Of course, being a strongly international airline, Lufthansa Technik also has European bases situated outside of its German homeland. The furthest west of these is located in Shannon, Ireland. Shannon is also home to a Lufthansa Technik aviation training academy, and an engine component repair shop (Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon). Lufthansa Technik also has bases in the following European locations. Some are general maintenance bases, whereas others have particular specialties. For example, the company’s UK base in Hayes, London specializes in ‘Landing Gear Services.’
- Brussels, Belgium.
- Budapest, Hungary.
- London, UK.
- Luqa, Malta.
- Milan, Italy.
- Moscow, Russia
- Sofia, Bulgaria.
In the rest of the world, Lufthansa Technik also has an established presence in several key non-European places almost the world. One of these is Lufthansa Technik Middle East, which can be found on the grounds of Dubai World Central Airport in the UAE. Meanwhile, Lufthansa Technik Component Services is situated in the USA, namely in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Perhaps a more unlikely Lufthansa Technik maintenance base is its facility in San Antonio, Puerto Rico. Here, Airbus A320 family planes receive overhauls and heavy maintenance.
The company also has several Asian engineering hubs. These are found in Bangalore (India), Hong Kong, Pasay City (Philippines), and Shenzen (China).
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