Comair and Lufthansa Technik have signed a comprehensive long-term total technical support (TTS) contract.
The company operates under its low-fare airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of a license agreement.
In terms of the new agreement, Lufthansa Technik will provide engineering, planning, line maintenance and component support including consumables and expendables supply for Comair’s future Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.
The services will commence in January 2019, when Comair, as part of its fleet renewal programme, will take delivery of the first two of eight 737 MAX 8 aircraft on order.
Comair CEO Erik Venter said the imminent arrival of the 737 MAX 8 was an opportunity for the company to evaluate its future technical requirements.
"Lufthansa Technik’s experience with the aircraft type and the operational efficiencies we believe we’ll gain in terms of maintenance turnaround times will enable us to further leverage the benefits of our investment in the new fleet and improve customer service,” Venter said in a statement on Thursday.
Robert Gaag, vice president of corporate sales for EMEA at Lufthansa Technik, hopes this is the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with Comair.
Comair’s in-house engineering and fleet department will continue to oversee all maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
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