Emirates has awarded (LHT) and France’s Revima Group a 10-year contract to overhaul the landing gear of its -300ER fleet.
The-powered 777-300ER is the backbone of the Emirates fleet; the carrier currently has 92 of the type in operation with a further 60 on order, according to AWIN’s commercial fleets database.
The contracts are non-exclusive and Emirates may also contract other third-party service providers for the same scope. One of the airline’s key requirements “was to find flexible solutions of the highest quality standards and to diversify our supply chain in order to mitigate industrial uncertainties,” Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Adel Al Redha says.
The 10-year contracts do not specify the quantity of landing gear units which Emirates may request to be submitted for services. Within the contract term and through side letters, Emirates can allocate quantities for a given period, and then subsequently decide to review the subsequent split of quantities between different providers for the next allocation period.
“Initially, Emirates has decided to allocate 50% of their landing gear overhaul requirements for the first two years toTechnik (LHT) under this 10-year non-exclusive contract,” a LHT spokesman tells Aviation Week. This represents an initial volume of 12 landing gear shipsets allocated to LHT for the first two years, and “we are confident that the demonstration of high service performance will enable this partnership to further expand through the remaining term of this contract.”
Over the next 10 years, Emirates will have scheduled requirements for about 100 landing gear overhauls to be performed on their 777-300ER aircraft.
LHT’s landing gear business unit in Hayes, U.K., near London, will perform the necessary maintenance, repair and overhaul work on the Emirates 777-300ER landing gear units. Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services U.K. (LTLGS) has developed into a center of excellence within the LHT worldwide network for large commercial landing gears and is a Boeing preferred supplier, having completed a significant number of overhauls for Boeing. LTLGS offers both U.S.(FAA) and -certified releases. As a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) of the FAA, it is authorized to develop its own repair methods.
The purpose-built U.K. facility has annual throughput of 400 overhauls, and offers landing gear repairs and overhaul services for all major commercial and regional aircraft at the facility, which has a total floor space of about 13,500 square meters (145,000 sq. ft.). LTLGS has completed over 170 shipsets of Boeing 777-family landing gear overhauls to date.
The company also has its own Aircraft on Ground (AOG) teams on call, ready to assist customers on-site worldwide, and stocks over 40,000 spare parts.
Al Redha stresses its suppliers must provide “the most robust supply chain solutions” in order to maintain the highest levels of reliability and quality for the Emirates operation. “Following our successful experience with Lufthansa Technik on previous programs, we are confident that this new agreement will deliver on these goals,” he says.
In 2005, LHT signed the first landing gear contract with Emirates to provide services for the 21 Emirates’ 777 classic aircraft (-200/-200ER/-300). In 2010, the German MRO signed another overhaul service contract for the center landing gears of the Emirates’-300 fleet.