Lufthansa Technik's component maintenance contract with China Airlines has been expanded to cover on-order Airbus A350s.

The MRO provider says China Airlines has signed a long-term, hour-based agreement which spans equipment maintenance, reliability monitoring and enhancement programmes, logistics services, and AOG support.

A similar contract between the two partners has been in place for A330s and A340s since 2010.

China Airlines is set to receive the first of 14 A350s in September.

Senior vice-president Chwen-Jiun Huang, who oversees the Taiwanese carrier's MRO operations, says the additional contract with LHT represents a "strategic move" which "will further strengthen the collaboration" between the two companies.

China Airlines is in the process of establishing a new airframe maintenance venture named Taiwan Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Company (TAMECO) next to its existing MRO operation in Taipei.

TAMECO will support A350s as well as A320s, Boeing 737s and 777s for the carrier and third-party customers. Operations are set to begin in 2017, TAMECO's website indicates.

Source: Cirium Dashboard