Air Canada picks Lufthansa Technik for 787 support

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Air Canada has signed a 12-year total component support agreement with Lufthansa Technik for its 787 deliveries starting next year.

The agreement will provide the Montreal-based carrier access to maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the 787 components and access to Lufthansa Technik’s Miami-based parts pool. The deal also includes transportation and information technology services for reliability reporting.

The carrier has also extended its Boeing 777 component contract with Lufthansa Technik for another two years and will contract the maintenance firm to provide production inspection services for its 787 fleet at Boeing’s assembly lines in Charleston and Seattle.

Air Canada is the third operator to choose Lufthansa Technik for 787 component services after Japan Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines.

"The selection of a component support provider for our 787 fleet is an extremely important decision,” says Alan Butterfield, Air Canada’s vice-president engineering and maintenance. "Over the years, Lufthansa Technik has shown its ability to provide a consistently high quality service at the right price level. When it came to the 787 they clearly demonstrated their commitment and ability to ensure the integrity of our long-haul operation from day one."

Air Canada will begin receiving its 37 787s from the first quarter of 2014. The order consists of 15 787-8 aircraft and 22 larger 787-9 models, which will start joining the -8 models in July 2015. The carrier can also choose to take an additional 23 aircraft options.