Lufthansa Technik has assembled a team of engine specialists in Montreal to support Air Canada with on-site maintenance for its CFM International CFM56-5A/5B engines that power its A320 family aircraft.
The German MRO established the team a few weeks ago to provide engine services for the airline, including the replacement of blades and modules and repairs on the top and bottom cases.
Lufthansa Technik plans to grow the team to at least 12 engine specialists, it says in a release.
The firm also says it is eyeing options to expand the team's expertise to other types of engines and to expand its customer base to other airlines.
"The North American, and especially the Canadian market with one of our most important international customers, Air Canada, is a cornerstone in our global business," says Wolfgang Wynell, Lufthansa Technik's vice-president marketing and sales. "The implementation of the new engine support team in Montreal is one of our measures to optimise our technical services and to guarantee Air Canada the best possible support on site."
The MRO also has local engine support teams in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Johannesburg, Frankfurt and Hong Kong.
Last August, Lufthansa Technik won a contract to perform CFM56-5A/5B engine maintenance for Air Canada through a process in court to divide and sell the assets of Aveos, the maintenance firm that shut its doors unexpectedly in March 2012. MTU had also competed for the contract.
The Air Canada engine maintenance contract was offered separately from the assets of Aveos' maintenance centre, which bidders did not initially decide to restart. Later on in January, a court order revealed that Lockheed Martin Canada purchased assets of the engine centre. The firm opened a new engine facility called Kelly Aviation Centre Montreal, which provides overhauls for the General Electric CF34 and CFM56 engine types.
Lufthansa Technik and Air Canada could not immediately be reached for further comment.