Wizz Air, the largest low-cost carrier of Central and Eastern Europe, is extending its successful partnership with Lufthansa Technik and expanding it with additional services.
The ultra-low-cost airline has extended two existing contracts for technical support of its Airbus A320 family and its future A321neo fleet by Lufthansa Technik. Apart from the integrated component supply as part of Total Component Support TCS , the agreement also covers aircraft overhaul. In addition, use of Cyclean engine washes has now also been agreed for the Wizz Air fleet.
The exclusive component support for the rapidly growing Wizz Air fleet, with its some 72 A320 and A321 aircraft types at present, includes the repair and overhaul of components as well as pool services and logistics.
The material is supplied by Lufthansa Technik from Frankfurt to Katowice in Poland and distributed by Wizz Air to the airline’s individual bases. In addition to the current and still expanding fleet, the contract also covers the 110 aircraft of the Airbus A321neo type that have been ordered and are due to be delivered to Wizz Air starting in 2019. The services are firmly agreed up to 2022.
Heiko Holm, Technical Director at Wizz Air, says: “Lufthansa Technik has been our partner ever since our very first flight in May 2004. We have developed a stable and fruitful cooperation over the past twelve years and our new agreement underlines our commitment to this partnership as we continue to treat aircraft maintenance with highest priority and ensure to cooperate with the best-in-class service providers.”
The contract for the overhaul of the aircraft, which has been renewed to 2022, also covers the airline’s current and future A320 family and the future A321neo fleet. The corresponding layovers will take place at Lufthansa Technik Budapest in Hungary.
Dietmar Focke, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Budapest, says: “Servicing Wizz Air from the beginnings till today and further on till 2022 shows the great cooperation of both parties and the trust in the performance of Lufthansa Technik Budapest. We are happy to serve this fast growing airline.”
With the renewal of the overhaul contract, Wizz Air has commissioned regular washes of all V2500 engines in its current A320 fleet from Lufthansa Technik. The dedicated Cyclean service station established for this purpose in Budapest has already carried out the first engine washes. The Cyclean equipment is installed in a transport vehicle so that engines can also be washed at other stations. Lufthansa Technik’s new Cyclean location in Budapest is also available for other aircraft operators with other engine types.
Lufthansa Technik maintains the airline’s A320 family of aircraft at a total of ten stations in Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. A fleet manager on behalf of Lufthansa Technik handles the coordination in Budapest between the needs of the airline and the maintenance organization. Lufthansa Technik is also responsible for all engineering services for maintaining airworthiness (Subcontracted Continuing Airworthiness Management Tasks – SCAMT) and also looks after the wheels and brakes for the entire Wizz Air fleet.