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Air Canada to handle Lufthansa maintenance

Montreal -- June 21, 2001 -- Air Canada's technical services division has signed a five-year contract to do mainten...


Montreal — June 21, 2001 — Air Canada’s technical services division has signed a five-year contract to do maintenance work at its Montreal maintenance centre on Deutsche Lufthansa’s Airbus 320 aircraft engines. The project is estimated to be worth as much as $173 million.

As well as handling outsourced maintenance for other airlines, the facility services and repairs Air Canada’s own fleet of 240 aircraft.

The airline formed Air Canada Technical Services in November 2000 to do the maintenance, engineering, repair, supply and purchasing for its mainline fleet. Its mandate is also to seek third-party contracts for work on airframes, engines, components and aircraft cabins.

The division, headed by Robin Wohnsigl, employs 8,000 in Canada, the United States and Europe, with four major maintenance centres in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The Montreal facility employs 650 people. It will not need to add more staff because of the Lufthansa contract..

On June 18, Spar Aerospace Ltd. of Toronto signed a five-year maintenance contract with WestJet Airlines Ltd. of Calgary to provide heavy maintenance for WestJet’s fleet of 23 B737-200 aircraft. Spar also will develop a program for the airline’s future aircraft servicing needs. The value of the contract was not disclosed.