Lufthansa Teams To Train Techs In China
Lufthansa Technik last week said its Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) subsidiary and the Hainan Airlines Group (HNA) have entered into a joint venture to set up a training center for the qualification of maintenance mechanics and engineers. The new endeavor joint venture will be based at the Meilan Airport on the southern China island of Hainan and operate under the name Lufthansa Technical Training China (LTTC). The LTTC is slated to begin operations during the first calendar quarter of 2007. Hainan Airlines Group is China’s largest privately owned airline group and operates a growing fleet of over 120 aircraft; the new LTTC is clearly designed to ensure the carrier has a sufficient number of well-trained maintenance technicians, supporting that growth.
Training courses to be offered through the LTTC will result in mechanic certificates as offered by China's civil aviation authority, the CAAC, and EASA, the European counterpart. Both parties expect the training's quality to exceed anything presently available in the Chinese market. Among other benchmarks, the two companies say they expect LTTC to generate up to 500 graduates per year for the Chinese civil aircraft maintenance technician market. According to the companies, "the availability of qualified mechanics has clearly become a bottleneck" in the region.