Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) is gearing up to start work on its first Airbus A330 heavy maintenance check in October following the German company's decision to shift A330/A340 overhauls from its Hamburg base to Manila, to take advantage of 80% lower manpower costs.

LTP is also about to decide whether to add a General Electric CF6-80C2 overhaul shop following the decision by Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Lufthansa to withdraw all their CF6-50-powered passenger aircraft from service. The joint venture - 51%-owned by Lufthansa Technik (LHT), with MacroAsia holding the balance - was established in September 2000 following PAL's decision to spin off its maintenance division. A PAL A340 will be the first to be overhauled in Manila, in October.

Source: Flight International