Lufthansa Technik has reported a revenue increase at Mobile Engine Services (MES) of more than a third in 2022 compared with the pre-crisis year 2019.
An increasing number of customers are relying on smart repair solutions that can avoid or delay extensive engine overhauls and thus save costs, Lufthansa Technik said. Accordingly, the company will further expand the global MES network, which currently consists of five specialised sites.
A new and much larger MES repair station was recently opened just outside Dublin, Ireland. The 3,500sq ft Irish MES site is located in Celbridge and features ten engine bays, providing twice the previous capacity. Currently, the facility already has 30 employees working on CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines, which are used on the Airbus A320ceo family and the Boeing 737 Next Generation respectively. Lufthansa Technik said it planned to double the number of employees within the next two years if business continues to develop.
“The expansion in Celbridge further strengthens our Mobile Engine Services in the EMEA region as well as the entire network. We are growing and positioning ourselves even more broadly,” said Markus Berberich, head of MES production at Lufthansa Technik.
In addition to the Irish site, the company has four other MES repair stations to date: in Frankfurt, Germany; Montréal, Canada; Tulsa, Oklahoma, US; and Shenzhen, China.
Berberich said a sixth site was already being planned, which will most likely be in Asia.
Depending on their needs and the requirements and complexity of the repairs, Lufthansa Technik’s Mobile Engine Services offer a wide range of surgical solutions either directly on-wing, at the customer’s site, or at one of the MES stations.