Asiana Airlines will strengthen its ties with Lufthansa Technik, Germany's aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul service provider, ahead of its acquisition of the Airbus 350 aircraft. Asiana said on April 19 that it would sign a maintenance contract with Lufthansa Technik and get services on Airbus 350 airplanes for the next 15 years.
Spun off from the Lufthansa Group in 1994, Lufthansa Technik consists of 32 companies with more than 25,500 employees worldwide. Asiana has kept partnership relations with the Germany company in maintenance, repair, and parts procurement for Boeing 747, Boeing 767, and Airbus 320 aircraft.
The Airbus 350 for which Asiana will take the delivery at the end of this month is a 300-seater mid-sized passenger jet launched in 2014 by Airbus. The aircraft is 25 percent more fuel-efficient than the comparable model Boeing 777, with 25 percent less carbon dioxide emissions.