Star Alliance members Austrian Airlines Group and Lufthansa have firmed the details of a co-operation between their technical divisions.

Austrian Technik and Lufthansa Technik have defined the conditions for their operational and strategic co-operation, which was initiated through a memorandum of understanding in April.

Under the deal, Austrian Technik says it will provide a large amount of C check and aircraft component maintenance capacity.

Austrian Airlines Group management board member Thomas Kleibl says: “The co-operation will take place on the basis of long-term contracts. The key points have now been defined and we can begin immediately with implementation. There will be no cross ownership between Austrian and Lufthansa Technik.

“Austrian Technik is internationally renowned for aircraft maintenance and will continue to retain its own identity. For Austrian, the aim of this co-operation is the successful reduction of overall maintenance costs and securing the future of the Vienna location as an independent technology and know-how centre.”

Lufthansa Technik management board member for product and service Thomas Stuger says: “With this additional capacity in Vienna we can extend the service offer of Lufthansa Technik.”

The two sides have co-operated in maintenance – on Airbus A330/340 aircraft, for example – since 2003. Austrian Technik says under the new agreement Boeing 777s could be added to the pact.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news