Lufthansa Technik will trial at its Malta facility new-technology aids to shorten aircraft layovers for maintenance checks.

The MRO provider says it has established an “innovation bay” at the Malta site to test “state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhauls in the near future”.

Similar bays are planned at other facilities in an effort to roll out adopted solutions across the MRO specialist’s network.

Equipment to be tested in Malta will include mobile 3D scanners to assess structural damage, inspection drones and exoskeletons – strap-on body support aids that can “relieve employees of physically strenuous work”, LHT says.

The MRO provider notes it will test equipment from “both start-ups and established technology companies” and that the selection will be based “primarily on top trends” and day-to-day requirements.

Marcus Motschenbacher, chief executive of LHT’s Malta facility, states: “Our aim is to improve base maintenance processes and then use the improved processes across all our locations.”

This will guarantee coherent quality and standards throughout the MRO provider’s network, he says.