Lufthansa Technik has agreed to become Collins Aerospace Systems’ A380 aircraft’s main landing gear (MLG) maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) licensee.

As part of the licensing and asset agreement, Collins Aerospace will also allow Lufthansa Technik to access assets to assist its customer layover schedules.

It will specifically have access to the Collins Aerospace-owned jointly managed pool of MLGs to provide management services for related assets.

The agreement will cover the entire life of the A380 programme.

Lufthansa Technik Aircraft Systems vice-president Sandra Eckstein said: “This agreement will enable us to support customers comprehensively, not only for planned repair events but also in the case of non-routine work.

“Our landing gear experts in London will be ready for A380 services in 2020. Especially for customers in the EMEA region, this capability will save time and costs. And the next step to further expand our intensive collaboration with Collins Aerospace in this area is already planned as we intend to develop new repair methods for the A380 landing gear, which are OEM-approved.”

Under the agreement, Collins Aerospace will train Lufthansa Technik landing gear experts in understanding the parts and proprietary repair procedures.

Technical publications will also be provided by Collins Aerospace to help the experts become better equipped in carrying out MRO services for the A380 MLG.

Collins Aerospace Landing Systems vice-president and general manager Ajay Mahajan said: “This agreement will provide A380 operators with more options for their main landing gear MRO services from high-quality repair centres.

“Lufthansa Technik and Collins Aerospace have enjoyed a longstanding, collaborative relationship and we look forward to continuing to work together to better meet the MRO needs of our customers moving forward.”