Lufthansa Technik is expanding its Montréal site for maintenance and repair of aircraft engines. Aiming to triple the local capacity for its innovative Mobile Engine Services offerings, the company says it plans to create 50 new jobs in Montréal-Dorval by the end of 2021. The move to the new premises is accompanied by a plan to create a professional training workshop on the site, inspired by the German dual model.
Lufthansa Technik’s Mobile Engine Services comprises a number of smart engine repair solutions, from on-wing and on-site services performed directly at an airline customer’s location to surgical repair solutions carried out in specialized engine shops such as the one in Montréal. The services allow for the optimization of the service-life of modern aircraft engines as long as possible in order to avoid or postpone regular overhaul shop visits. For airlines, this approach reduces costs and generates other savings through shorter turnaround times and decreased transportation costs, without compromising safety.
“The repair station in Montréal is already one of the backbones in our global Mobile Engine Services network,” said Klaus Lorenz, Lufthansa Technik’s director On-Site Engine Services for North America. “Thus, we plan to intensify our very positive relationship with the city of Montréal and the province of Québec, and we are also looking forward to welcoming dozens of new colleagues from this region in the Lufthansa Technik family.”
“The aerospace industry is one of the most dynamic sectors of the Québec economy, and integrating with global supply chains is critical to achieving further economic growth and breaking into new markets. I am delighted with Lufthansa Technik AG’s decision to expand its aircraft engine maintenance and repair centre. Montréal enjoys a reputation as one of the top three international aerospace centres, and the presence of a major player such as Lufthansa Technik AG certainly solidifies the supply chain and makes the cluster more powerful,” said Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation, during the trade mission of the Québec delegation to Germany this week.
Montréal International, Greater Montréal’s economic promotion agency, has accompanied the company during its establishment in 2014 and has again supported its team during this expansion project. “The aerospace industry is one of the future focus points at the heart of our sectoral strategy, which has enabled Greater Montréal to develop a strong economic identity. Today, our region is one of the world’s top aerospace hubs, bringing together industry giants such as Lufthansa Technik and a critical mass of more than 200 specialized companies,” said Hubert Bolduc, president and CEO of Montréal International.
“We welcome Lufthansa Technik’s decision to expand its operations in Montréal. In keeping with our mission to support international subsidiaries so that they can continue growing in Québec, Investissement Québec maintains an ongoing dialogue with a view to keeping jobs and know-how here in Québec. We are proud to have played a role in persuading the company to reinvest in the province,” stated Pierre Gabriel Côté, president and CEO of Investissement Québec.
Lufthansa Technik has four Mobile Engine Services repair stations around the world. In addition to Montreal, they are located in Tulsa (USA), Frankfurt (Germany), and Shenzhen (China).