Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has been approved by the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as a continuing airworthiness management organisation (CAMO) for Boeing 747-400 and -8 aircraft
While the authority will still need to audit the German MRO provider's engineering department in Hamburg for the final certification, a provisional approval is already effective based on the company's existing Part M approval with the German federal aviation office, LBA.
The audit will be conducted in the "next few months as soon as CAMO tasks are performed for the first UAE customer", says LHT.
The move became necessary due to a regulatory change in the UAE, which extended the CAMO requirement for 747 MRO from commercial to non-commercial operators, such as private aircraft owners.
LHT supports a number of VIP customer aircraft in the region. This includes the VIP interior completion of two 747-8 aircraft.
Thomas Kuhn, engineering director for the company's VIP maintenance services division, says that the approval could be expanded to other Airbus and Boeing models "on short notice", if there was "sufficient demand".