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Asiana Airlines has extended its engine repair contract with German MRO company Lufthansa Technik AG for five years. The South Korean airline has partnered with the company to repair and overhaul the CF6-80 engines powering the airline’s Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft.

Five-year extension of engine repair contract

South Korean airline Asiana Airlines has signed a non-exclusive five-year extension to its agreement with maintenance, completion, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Lufthansa Technik AG.

Hoon Bae, General Manager of Aircraft and Supply Procurement at Asiana Airlines, said:

“There were many good reasons to choose Lufthansa Technik again as our preferred MRO partner. Thanks to the seamless support and services that have been provided, we are confident that Lufthansa Technik will always do their best to enable us to steal.”


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The contract will cover 17 Boeing 747s and 767s. Photo: Lufthansa Technik AG

The contract covers the repair and overhaul of Asiana’s Boeing 747 and Boeing 767 CF6-80 engines. The contract will cover 17 Boeing 767-300s and Boeing 747-400s.

Gerald Steinhoff, Senior Vice President Corporate Sales Asia-Pacific at Lufthansa Technik, said:

“The MRO cooperation between us and Asiana Airlines has been in place for over 25 years.”

The Asiana Airlines fleet

Asiana’s aging fleet of 747s and 767s has an average age of over 25 years. The airline has operated most of its 747s and 767s since the 1990s; moreover, it has converted the majority of its 747-400s to freighters.

Simple Flying took a closer look at the Asiana Airlines fleet in 2021. After starting out as an all-Boeing airline, Asiana has invested heavily in Airbus aircraft in recent years. The airline has a total of 31 new Airbus planes on order, including 21 Airbus A321-200neos.

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A 25-year partnership

Asiana and Lufthansa Technik AG have been working together for 25 years. The MRO company provides a range of other services to the airline, including:

  • Asiana Boeing 777-200ER fleet component maintenance.
  • Full integrated component support for the airline’s Airbus A320F and A350 fleets.
  • CF6 engine support and heavy maintenance for the carrier’s Airbus A380 fleet.

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The German MRO company is also working on other aircraft in Asiana’s fleet. Photo: Lufthansa Technik AG

Kijung Shin, Corporate Key Account Manager at Lufthansa Technik, said:

“We are very proud that Asiana Airlines has decided to expand our trusted cooperation. We look forward to supporting them further with our know-how and engine service capabilities.”

Lufthansa Technik AG is one of the world’s leading providers of aviation technical services, with around 35 subsidiaries and affiliated companies. The company employs over 22,000 people and offers a wide range of services including MRO, modification, conversions and cabin products.

How many times have you flown with Asiana Airlines? Do you think the airline has invested in the right aircraft in recent years? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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