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Uzbekistan Airways and Lufthansa Technik mark 30th anniversary

Uzbekistan Airways and Lufthansa Technik mark 30th anniversary of cooperation
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Uzbekistan Airways and Lufthansa Technik are celebrating 30 years of successful partnership.

Since the airline added its first Airbus A310-300 to its fleet in 1993, Lufthansa Technik has continuously supported Uzbekistan Airways with technical and engineering services.

Lufthansa Technik has also assisted Uzbekistan Airways in establishing and expanding maintenance capacities for its own and regional third-party customers.

The anniversary of the long-standing cooperation was recently honoured with an official ceremony at the Uzbekistan Airways’ home base in Tashkent.

During the 30 year period, Uzbekistan Airways has become the leading airline in Central Asia, recognised for its stable, safe, and reliable operations.

The national carrier has consistently modernised its fleet, setting a historic milestone as the first airline in Central Asia to incorporate western-built aircraft.

The airline operates one of the most modern fleets in the region, featuring Boeing 767, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, and Airbus A320.

Shukhrat Khudaykulov, chairman of the board of Uzbekistan Airways, said: “The importance of cooperation with Lufthansa Technik for Uzbekistan Airways is undeniable. The fact that it has been going on for 30 years speaks volumes.

“The most basic aircraft maintenance tasks were the start of this journey. Our specialists were trained and provided repair work for western-style aircraft that was new to Uzbekistan.

“Today, thanks to joint efforts, Uzbekistan Airways has its own largest repair base in the region, the ability to perform almost any work on Airbus and Boeing aircraft and a reliable partner with whom it will continue to develop the aviation sector.”

The airline’s capabilities and the skills of the specialists at Uzbekistan Airways Technics allow to service foreign customers’ aircraft at the highest level. Uzbekistan Airways Technics says it plans to further expand its maintenance network.

In line with this development, Lufthansa Technik says it has adjusted the scope of its services to Uzbekistan Airways’ current needs.

While the airline outsourced almost all technical support services to its external partner Lufthansa Technik at the beginning of the cooperation, it has gained increasing experience – from aircraft maintenance to engineering services and aircraft overhauls.

In this context, Lufthansa Technik actively supported Uzbekistan Airways in the build-up of technical knowhow. The training helped the airlines’ staff to obtain international certification and take over line and base maintenance, as well as engineering support for their fleets up to the performance of C-Checks.

Harald Gloy, chief operating officer at Lufthansa Technik, said: “Three decades ago, Uzbekistan Airways made a clear decision to entrust us as MRO expert with the responsibility of ensuring the safety and reliability of their newly acquired Airbus and then later Boeing fleet.

“Over the years, our collaboration has remained exceptionally strong. We have consistently provided unwavering support to Uzbekistan Airways in their growth journey. We understand ourselves as dedicated partners to our valued customer.”

Lufthansa Technik says it continues to provide a wide ranging services for Uzbekistan Airways, including component maintenance and access to the spare parts pool for their entire Airbus and Boeing fleet, services for landing gears as well as for engines if required.

Uzbekistan Airways says it is planning to further expand its fleet to assist with route network growth and meeting increased volumes of passenger traffic.

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