German maintenance firm Lufthansa Technik has formally opened its new Bulgarian facility in Sofia, the country's capital.

Lufthansa Technik Sofia, 80%-owned by the German company, will handle Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 base maintenance.

The company will employ 350 personnel and the first aircraft it services, with an IL2-check, will be a Lufthansa Airbus A321.

"I'm sure that this will become soon an internationally-acknowledged center of excellence for base maintenance services," says Lufthansa Technik chief of product and services Thomas Stueger.

Bulgarian Aviation Group is Lufthansa Technik's partner in the joint venture, and holds the other 20%. More than €20 million ($25 million) has been invested to start up the company, refurbish the hangar and provide tools.

Lufthansa Technik Sofia is able to accommodate two narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news