Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has expanded its engine servicing relationship with Lufthansa Technik by signing a total engine support (TES) deal for its International Aero Engine V2500 powerplants.

RBA chief executive Peter Foster signed the three-year deal at the show on Tuesday for the Lufthansa subsidiary to support the V2500s that power its two Airbus A320s and two A319s.

RBA already has a TES arrangement with Lufthansa Technik for the General Electric CF6-80C2s which power its eight Boeing 767-300s.

As RBA eases its way out of engine maintenance, it is looking to expand its third-party airframe overhaul work and spin off its maintenance operation into a wholly-owned subsidiary. Its servicing unit will be spun off by late 2004, says Foster, with the exact timing dependant on its ability to migrate regulatory and licensing authorities to a separate company, he says.

RBA's support operation specialises in C-checks for 757 and 767s. It recently won a contract to conduct a C-check on a 757 going into operation with Thailand's Phuket Airlines, says Hassan Tengah, RBA's director of engineering.

Source: Flight Daily News