Honeywell and Lufthansa Technik have reached an agreement to enhance their collaboration on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Airbus A350 operators in the Asia Pacific region.

The agreement builds on the existing partnership between Honeywell and Lufthansa Technik to provide MRO services for A350 aircraft, which entered service in 2014.

According to the new deal, Lufthansa Technik has been authorised to serve as a licensed component repair centre and exclusive global asset service provider in the Asia Pacific, covering more than 200 Honeywell shipped components onboard the A350.

The increased collaboration will ensure greater accessibility to services, parts and engineering support to regional A350 operators.

“We see our work with Honeywell as an opportunity to help A350 operators in the Asia Pacific simplify their maintenance experience.”

This will in turn help reduce aircraft downtime and provide faster turnarounds, contributing to improved fleet availability and readiness.

Lufthansa Technik Asia Pacific Corporate Sales senior vice-president Gerald Steinhoff said: “Maintenance is a costly and complex process, but we see our work with Honeywell as an opportunity to help A350 operators in the Asia Pacific simplify their maintenance experience.

“Honeywell provides top-of-line technologies that are crucial to the A350. By integrating our world-class asset management and in-region repair centres, we can provide operators in the Asia Pacific with better access to support all of Honeywell’s key components on the A350. Over the next one and a half years, we will significantly expand our local capacities in this area.”

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As a result of the new agreement, A350 operators in the Asia Pacific will be able to receive quicker access to Lufthansa Technik’s in-house services.

These services include single-component MRO or more integrated flight-hour based ‘nose-to-tail’ asset availability solutions.

Other key benefits to be made available to operators through the strengthened partnership include increased quantities of A350 components for exchange or rental, a holistic approach to MRO needs, and integrated engineering and customer support teams.

Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific Commercial Aviation senior director Sathesh Ramiah said: “By increasing the number of serviceable components and using our Connected Aircraft technologies, we are confident that customers will have hands-on access to support all their Honeywell-related maintenance needs.”