November 21, 2013
Nigeria’s Arik Air chooses Lufthansa Technik for complete support and training
Lufthansa Technik AG and Nigeria’s Arik Air are expanding their partnership in the technical care of the airline’s fleet. The cooperation between the two companies, which has existed since the airline began operations in 2006, has now been expanded as part of a Total Operational Management (TOM) contract and extended by six years. In addition to component support and maintenance for the airline’s current medium-haul fleet of 13 Boeing 737 NGs and four Bombardier CRJ900s, Lufthansa Technik will now take on technical management and carry out all planned C-checks during the next six years at one of its sites. This scope of service applies not just to Arik Air’s existing Boeing fleet, but also to eight Boeing 737 NGs that have been ordered. As part of the TOM contract, a fleet manager from Lufthansa Technik will coordinate the two companies’ technical cooperation from Arik Air’s headquarters in Lagos. Moreover, Lufthansa Technik will support the airline by providing training and qualification measures for the airline’s own mechanics, starting with courses for line maintenance qualification on site in Nigeria. This educational partnership will be extended to other fields over the next few years at the discretion of the partners. Lufthansa Technik will also provide consulting to Arik Air in support of the establishment of a wheel workshop in Lagos.