Lufthansa Technik starts engine services in Tulsa

 Lufthansa Technik opened its new engine maintenance hangar in Tulsa recently to service the two biggest commercial engine fleetsthe CFM56 and V2500. The company previously used the hangar for Bizjet’s business aviation and VIP completions but converted it to focus on mobile engine services, says Clemens Geercken, Lufthansa Technik head of product sales for engine services, Americas.

The facility is starting with six engine bays, which are initially dedicated to International Aero Engines V2500, but Geercken says it will start offering CFM56-5B services later this year and add three more bays by yearend. The facility has space to expand up to 28 bays, if customer demand warrants it.

 The philosophy behind this new engine facility supports Lufthansa Technik’s strategy of performing lighter engine work, with minimum workscopes, within regions or at customer’s location. By doing this, it frees up space and allows LHT’s Hamburg base to focus on heavy maintenance.

Conducting these smaller shop visits around the world, closer to customers, saves costs—from shipping to downtime, says Geercken, speaking at Aviation Week Network’s Aero-Engines Americas. Lufthansa Technik’s Frankfurt; Montreal; and Shenzhen, China facilities also offer the services—with the Montreal facility planning to add up to 12 bays for CFM56 mobile engine services later this year, he adds.

The Tulsa facility has operated a V2500 test cell since 2016 and plans to add CFM56-5B capability by yearend.

Geercken says Lufthansa Technik’s Tulsa facility already has about “half a dozen” customers from North and Central America.

In addition to the mobile engine service, LHT’s Tulsa site has dismantled engines since 2014 and is an authorized Rolls-Royce overhaul facility for Spey and Tay powerplants.