Lufthansa Technik AG, Germany’s leading aircraft maintenance and engineering company, will open a new aircraft engineering services centre in Budapest, adding to its present aircraft maintenance facility.
The new centre will focus its activities around Boeing 737 aircraft – one of the most popular types of narrow-body medium-haul aircraft – and some general non-aircraft-type-related support services.
Lufthansa Technik has been present in Hungary for more than 15 years and has gradually become a key player in aircraft maintenance and overhaul at Budapest Airport. The expansion will create about 50 high-tech aviation engineering jobs connected to Boeing 737s, including aircraft system engineering, trouble-shooting, maintenance program management and job cards engineering.
In addition Lufthansa Technik will transfer several non-aircraft-type-related services to the Budapest engineering centre, such as aircraft engine condition monitoring, aircraft flight data and reliability data compilation and technical documentation services.
With services such as aircraft transition management, the company is committed to provide additional local support to its customer Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe. Budapest was one of four Central and South-Eastern European airports competing to host the new centre offering high-value jobs to aviation engineers.
Dietmar Focke, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik Budapest, said: “I see our company decision to [expand in Budapest] as an acknowledgement of our 15 years’ presence here in Hungary and the strong performance especially in recent years.
“Lufthansa Technik has become a centre of excellence in aviation services at Budapest Airport where major European and overseas airlines will always find reliable partners.”
Róbert Ésik, president of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, said: “We are proud and happy that Budapest has become the winner of a very tough competition among European airports. Highly qualified, well-trained and devoted workforce was one of the factors that influenced Lufthansa Technik’s decision positively to broaden their aviation services in Budapest.
“Hungary is committed to creating a favourable business environment for all investors who think for the long-term.”
Budapest Airport Chief Executive Officer Jost Lammers said: “Budapest Airport sees the opening of the … centre as yet another major step in widening the business focus at Hungary’s main aviation gateway, which ranges from passenger flights and cargo services, retail, property and logistics, aircraft maintenance and now to aircraft engineering.
“Our partnership with Lufthansa Technik is beneficial to the Hungarian economy by creating high-tech jobs here at the airport.”
Lufthansa Technik project manager Marcus Knoth said the first recruitment will start in July, and engineers and technicians should apply online at www.be-lufthansa.com, where further information is available. The first recruitment and the start of operations at the centre is due before the end of 2016. A further three recruitments will take place between October 2016 and April 2017.