Since Israel’s skies have been opened by the agreement between it and the EU, the country’s aviation sector has undergone many changes – the most recent an agreement between Lufthansa Technik and the small carrier Israir Airlines.
Starting this week, Israir is relying on the services of Lufthansa Technik within the framework of a technical operations management contract. The core elements are maintenance services, with a permanent establishment having been set up at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. The deal makes Lufthansa Technik the first foreign maintenance, repair and overhaul provider to receive approval for line maintenance from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel.
The contract extends to the airline’s Airbus A320 fleet, which consists of two aircraft, with a third on order. Lufthansa Technik employees are on-site to help Israir set up its own maintenance station and the agreement also includes engineering services, as well as repair of components and access to the extensive component pool. Lufthansa Technik is also responsible for supplying consumables and expendables. A fleet manager acting as an interface between the customer and Lufthansa Technik will ensure a flawless operation.
Israir chief executive Uri Sirkis says the partnership will enable the airline to obtain a strong independent line maintenance capability as a profit center, as well as providing maintenance services to any low-cost airlines that fly to Israel as a consequence of the Open Skies agreement.
“We’re delighted that Israir has placed its trust in us and enabled us to become the first foreign MRO provider with access to the Israeli market,” says Wolfgang Weynell, vice president marketing and sales at Lufthansa Technik.
The agreement will supply technical services to the Israeli airline in all the foreign destinations it serves in Europe.
In future, the mixed German-Israeli teams at Ben Gurion airport will also offer services to foreign airlines flying to Israel.