Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa Technik extend partnership

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Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa Technik have extended their relationship by signing a memorandum of understanding covering the introduction of a new eight-year contract for C checks and General Electric CF6-80 thrust reverser services for the airline's Boeing 747-400 fleet.

The contracts are part of current negotiations between the two companies to effectively bring together these new agreements within one new general terms agreement (GTA), Lufthansa Technik said in a statement.

The new GTA will consist of the thrust reverser services for both the Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines of Virgin's Airbus A340 fleet and also for the CF6-80 engines of the 747-400 fleet, in addition to the C Checks for the 13 747-400s.

The C Checks will be performed at Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International in Frankfurt, while the repair and overhaul services for the thrust reversers will be carried out at the airframe related component business unit of Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg.

The two companies are also negotiating an early extension to the current five-year base maintenance contract for the airline's Airbus A340 fleet by a further six years through to 2019.