JACKSONVILLE, FL – Haskell recently completed construction for Lufthansa Technik’s new aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul ("MRO") facility in Puerto Rico, which will service short-haul and medium-haul aircraft. The $43 million project consists of five bays and encompasses 215,000 square feet – running a total of five lines of overhaul checks (C-, IL- and D-checks) from 2017 on, along with other maintenance work on narrow body aircrafts of the Airbus A320 family. Due to the use of state-of-the-art technologies, it is possible to paint aircraft in the hangar while overhaul work is being conducted in parallel. The facility currently operates two lines for Airbus A320 C-checks and D-checks. Lufthansa Technik has received commitments from two major American launching customers for overhauls at the new site, JetBlue and Spirit. The first layover took place in mid-2015.
"We are very grateful to establish a new overhaul facility in Puerto Rico. Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico will be a very important element in the long-term strategy of Lufthansa Technik's presence in the American market," said Elmar Lutter, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico.
This is a major new step for Lufthansa Technik to expand its involvement in America. The new company, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico (LTPR), will be based at Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla, a former U.S. Air Force Base located on the northwest side of the Island. The Airport's 11,700-foot runway and 3,900 acres of land made it an ideal location for the new facility.
“This new MRO facility is an important project for Haskell, for Puerto Rico and for our new customer, Lufthansa Technik,” said Paul Raudenbush, Haskell’s Senior Vice President of Aviation and Aerospace. “We engaged many of the best vendors and subcontractors on the island to help deliver this project quickly and efficiently. We view Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region as a significant part of our global strategy and this project matches our engineer-procure-construct (EPC) model perfectly.”
The geographic location of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico in Aguadilla on the west edge of Puerto Rico equips the facility to meet the future needs of the market in the region. Based upon current forecasts, demand for maintenance services specifically for the Airbus A320 family is expected to rise steadily over the coming years.