Lufthansa Technik will establish a new aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Puerto Rico for servicing short-haul and medium-haul aircraft. Agreements have now been signed with the government of Puerto Rico and the responsible port authority.
Lufthansa Technik plans to break ground on the new facility within the next three months.
The MRO sees this as a major step to expand its involvement in America. The new company, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, will be based at Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla, a former U.S. Air Force Base with an 11,700-foot runway and 3,900 acres of land. The company will employ up to 400 workers and run five overhaul lines. Initially it will operate two lines for Airbus A320 C-checks and D-checks. The first layover is anticipated next year.
Leader of the project is Elmar Lutter, currently managing director of European overhaul facility Lufthansa Technik Budapest.