Kenya Airways has signed a long-term contract for the supply of aircraft components with Lufthansa Technik. As per the contract Lufthansa Technik will provide Total Component Support (TCS) for the airline’s long-haul fleet comprising of nine Boeing 787-8s.
Lufthansa Technik won over this contract after a rigorous bidding process. The contract covers the classic MRO and supply of components but also an AOG (Aircraft On Ground) support, various parts-pooling and logistics services.
Lufthansa Technik claims that the contract will enable the airline to maximize efficiency in its technical operations and ensure the best possible availability of the spare parts it needs. The first services already began in May.
“Due to increased demand in air travel, Kenya Airways embarked on a journey of returning to service aircraft that were parked during the pandemic. This resulted in an increased demand of parts to make the aircraft ready for flight. There has been a worldwide shortage of some raw materials negatively affecting availability of some aircraft parts,” commented Allan Kilavuka, group managing director and chief executive, Kenya Airways. “Therefore, we are looking forward to working with Lufthansa Technik, which will make us less dependent on the current global supply chain situation.”
“With access to our worldwide network of material and parts pools, our valued customer will indeed be able to significantly mitigate uncertainties in the global aircraft parts supply chain,” added Kai-Stefan Roepke, vice president corporate sales Europe, Middle East and Africa, Lufthansa Technik. “We look forward to supporting Kenya Airways in the best possible way through our Total Component Support. This applies to the post-pandemic ramp-up phase as well as to the coming years of our cooperation.”