Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has opened a third hangar in Manila for work on widebody aircraft. LTP, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and the Philippine MacroAsia Corp., invested $30 million in the construction of the new 91,500-sq-ft hangar, which has a ceiling height of more than 100 feet, large enough for an Airbus A380. The new hangar offers space to work on one widebody and two narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.
“With the new hangar, we will be able to keep up with the increasing demand for technical services for long-haul aircraft, particularly in the Asian market,” said August Wilhelm Henningsen, Lufthansa Technik chairman. “Adding A380 capability underscores Lufthansa Technik Philippines’ role as a global aircraft overhaul center.”
Since it opened 11 years ago LTP has grown consistently, and its current customer list of 30 overhaul customers includes Philippine Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, LAN Chile and AirAsia X.
It has about 20 approvals from aviation authorities, including the FAA and the EASA. The MRO currently has more than 2,700 employees and intends to add up to 400 new high-technology and high-skills jobs in the near future.