Airbus Military selects Lufthansa Technik for RAF tanker component support

After a thorough evaluation of candidate companies, Airbus Military has selected Lufthansa Technik (LHT) to undertake component support for the UK Royal Air Force´s new fleet of 14 A330 MRTT Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA). The ten-year contract will begin when the FSTA enters service with the RAF towards the end of next year.

Hamburg-headquartered LHT is one of the world´s premier maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)-providers and has a close relationship with Airbus as a long-standing member of the Airbus MRO Network. It has long and in-depth expertise in supporting the A330 fleet of Lufthansa.

Under the terms of the deal, LHT will be responsible for: establishing the initial component stock at the FSTA main operating base of RAF Brize Norton; reprovision of components, expendables and standard aircraft hardware; providing access to a component pool; component repair and overhaul; and transportation of components. It includes an option for FSTA aircraft to be painted by LHT.

Airbus Military Vice President Customer Services Richard Thompson said: "This contract is an important milestone in creating the highly robust MRO operation that we are putting into place to support FSTA in service.

"I am delighted to have the support of Lufthansa Technik which is a world-class provider of A330 maintenance over many years. This is a clear example of the type of market-leading support services that we will be providing to all customers of the A330 MRTT."