Lufthansa Technik Boosts Its Americas Spares Logistics Capability
Lufthansa Technik’s inauguration of a new component warehouse near Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport will significantly boost the company’s ability to service its customers throughout North, Central and South America, according to the company.
The new 2,000-square-metre (21,525-square-foot) warehouse is capable of holding approximately 9,000 components, along with more than 10,000 items of consumables and expendables. Operated by Lufthansa Technik Component Services (LTCS), it will support various aircraft types.
Inauguration of the new warehouse represents a significant expansion of LTCS’ existing facilities at the Fort Lauderdale site and will ensure LTCS can provide a stable supply of components and other spares for its customers in the region, according to Lufthansa Technik, which adds that it is seeing business growth in the region.
Lufthansa Technik chose the Fort Lauderdale site as its primary spares storage location for the US market and as a central gateway for its extensive customer-supply network in the region because Fort Lauderdale already serves as a connecting point for North, Central and South America.
According to Lufthansa Technik, LTCS customers in the highly populated US Eastern time zone and in much of the rest of the Americas will benefit both from personal contact provided by LTCS representatives in Fort Lauderdale and from the fact their individual LTCS customer contacts are in the same time zone. The new warehouse will operate on a 24/7/365 basis and will make use of an integrated transport network developed throughout the Americas by Lufthansa Technik.
In operating the new facility, LTCS will use a newly introduced computer-supported logistics order-management system developed by sister company Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS). The new system will allow more precise scheduling of internal logistics process steps, according to LTLS.
A 15 December news release announcing the inauguration of the new LTCS Fort Lauderdale warehouse quotes Christoph Corbelin, LTLS project manager for the new logistics order-management system, as saying it “will enable us to manage and efficiently process future customer orders in line with individual customer requirements, even during peak dispatch periods.”
Steve Fondell, CEO of LTCS, is also quoted in the news release about the new Fort Lauderdale spares warehouse: “Further new customers have been acquired in America in recent years. The new warehouse ensures rapid and reliable supply of spare parts.”
LTCS, which is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma (where another Lufthansa Technik subsidiary, VIP and business jet completion centre BizJet International, is also located), is planning to increase its business activities in the USA. The company, which employs about 100 people in the USA and the Americas, has warehouse facilities in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale. LTCS is also planning to increase its business-growth efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Parent company Lufthansa Technik has a considerable presence in the USA and in the Caribbean. In addition to 315-employee BizJet International and LTCS’ facilities throughout the USA, engine and aircraft component manufacturer HEICO Aerospace – in which Lufthansa Technik has held a 20 per cent stake since 1997 – is located in the Florida city of Hollywood, which is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale.
Another Lufthansa Technik company located in the USA is wholly owned subsidiary Hawker Pacific Aerospace. Located in Sun Valley, California, Hawker Pacific Aerospace specialises in maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial-aircraft landing gears. It boasts an annual throughput of more than 350 landing-gear leg overhauls and employs some 370 people.
In February 2014 Lufthansa Technik significantly boosted its capabilities in the Americas when it established Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico. A 20,000-square-metre (215,000-square-foot) Airbus A320-family MRO facility located at Rafael Hernández Airport serving the city of Aguadilla on the northwest tip of Puerto Rico, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico employs approximately 400 maintenance staff.
Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico’s initial customers included JetBlue Airways – which was the facility’s launch customer – and Spirit Airlines and the facility is also targeting the business of other A320-family operators throughout Mexico and North and Central America.