The sky’s the limit for Lufthansa Technik Philippines.
Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP), the country’s leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has made its mark in the international aviation MRO industry. Established in 2000, LTP is a joint venture between Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik AG and the Philippines’ biggest aviation support service provider MacroAsia Corporation. With a strong presence in the country, LTP currently employs Filipinos from across the key cities nationwide, including Clark, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo, and Puerto Princesa. Its main hub in Manila houses nine hangar bays, with its tenth hangar being currently built. LTP committed US$40 million for the expansion which promises additional employment of at least 400 for this year, on top of its already 3,400-strong workforce.
LTP specializes in base maintenance checks for the A320 family, A330, A340, A380 and B777 aircraft types. Its base maintenance service spectrum includes as well cabin reconfiguration/retrofit programs and lease return checks which may be availed of as stand-alone products or incorporated into long-term campaigns. It has docking systems which can accommodate base maintenance for Airbus A330, A340, A350, A380, Boeing B777, and other future aircraft types. Its recent hangar expansion allows LTP to accommodate two A380 base maintenance checks simultaneously. It services aircraft of various airlines, including the national carrier airline, Philippine Airlines, and international airlines like Lufthansa, British Airways, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Air Asia.
Beside the national Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other airworthiness authorities worldwide have certified LTP as a qualified provider of aircraft MRO services. The MRO is approved to perform Heavy Maintenance Checks by different aviation authorities such as the CAAP, EASA, Australia Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLTI). The technical services group is certified to operate as a Design Department under Lufthansa Technik AG’s Design Organization Approval (EASA.21J.019).
LTP’s mission is to assure the safety and reliability of the aircrafts for their customers, with whom it has forged strong partnerships over the years. Committed to be compliant in stakeholder management and uphold international standards in Quality, Health and Safety, and Environment, LTP has received its AS9110 Certification Quality Management System Standardization. LTP has also gained certification for its compliance to ISO 14001: 2015. This Environmental Management System (EMS) benefits companies through the protection of the environment for families, children and future generations.
Another milestone for LTP is becoming the first MRO company in the country to receive the Certification of Compliance in General Labour Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Standards from the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) Philippines in 2017.
At the core of LTP’s goal of being an industry champion is its very strong workforce, which is rapidly growing as LTP expands its operations in the country. LTP is supported by highly skilled English-speaking mechanics, engineers and support personnel. It has partnered with Lufthansa Technical Training Philippines, an EASA Part-147-approved Maintenance Training Organization, to assure that its people are equipped with world-class skills. Personnel transfers among subsidiaries within the Lufthansa Technik network and LTP are a regular occurrence, assuring optimum skills transfer to the local workforce.
In an effort to ensure a workforce that is not just highly competent in their work, but also satisfied and loyal to the company, LTP sent selected LTP employees, management appointees and representatives to undergo trainings and discussions to formulate the creation of a Labor-Management Council. On 22 March 2001, the Lufthansa Technik Philippines Employees Council (LTP-EC) was officially established. LTP-EC is a proactive community of employees and management built upon mutual trust and cooperation, with shared values and a common purpose to develop the capabilities and uplift the quality of life of its members, thereby contributing to the company’s growth. The active LTP-EC works in perfect partnership with the LTP management.
LTP provides various training programs to support its employees’ growth and development within the organization. One example is the SOAR Leadership Development Program, created in 2015, to operationalize a fully-integrated leadership development framework for leaders at all levels of the organization. LTP leaders motivate and provide learning and development environments for people to produce better results. The Management Associate Program (MAP) aims to provide a ready talent source for critical positions, and addresses succession gaps through infusion of young high-potential talents in the organization. MAP is designed to support and accelerate the development of high-potential talents to be successful managers and future leaders. The Maintenance Training Program is an ongoing company initiative to strengthen its maintenance personnel’s competencies.
The management and employees of LTP have been actively strengthening the company’s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) initiatives. For the past years, it has implemented various programs to support and partner with different communities throughout the country. These include the construction of new classrooms, and the rehabilitation and upgrading of school facilities and equipment. LTP believes in the importance of ensuring that students have the proper tools and support as they go through their formative academic years. These projects span across the Philippines, and are part of the company’s commitment to contribute to building a better educational support for children and their mentors – their teachers.
LTP employees play an active role in the nomination of beneficiaries. The LTP-EC is a strong partner and supporter in this advocacy. Since 2018, employees have continued to show their generous spirit by helping fund these projects through voluntary contributions that are matched by monetary pledges from the LTP’s Board of Directors. This way, employees and stakeholders get the chance to be personally and actively involved in this good cause.
The Year 2020 may be the most challenging year for the aviation industry, but LTP has remained continuously committed to servicing the airlines and its partners. It will remain focused on delivering globally competitive services and landmark expansions.
“Strong technical acumen, a niche market, forward thinking, and superior strategic planning are more than enough to propel any corporation into the stratosphere of an industry champion, but LTP has taken it much further by humanizing its processes, and covenanting to uplift the standard of living of the communities it draws its workforce from”
Shanggari Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, MORS Group