WestJet Outsources CFM56 Engine MRO To Lufthansa Technik
Lufthansa Technik has been awarded WestJet’s CFM56-7B engine maintenance program where it will undertake several repair functions for the Canadian airline.
Under the terms of the agreement, awarded in a tendering process which began in January 2021, Calgary-headquartered WestJet will have access to multiple services including overhaul capabilities and on-site maintenance support by Lufthansa Technik.
The deal covers all engine types powering WestJet’s fleet of Boeing 737-700 and -800 aircraft, which number more than 80. It will begin in January 2023 and run for a period of approximately seven years.
To further bolster the CFM56 support contract, Lufthansa Technik has also teamed with FTAI Aviation, which owns and acquires infrastructure and equipment, to provide access to modules and material. An important principle of this maintenance approach is the replacement of modules, which optimizes engine life and delivers a more environmentally sustainable program.
Georgios Ouzounidis, VP corporate sales North America at Lufthansa Technik, says subcontracting to a third-party supplier like FTAI Aviation brings confidence that it will be able to provide a high quality and reliable product at a competitive cost.