Luton based Britannia Airways welcomed the first of eleven aircraft from Germany on Wednesday night at the start of a new contract to conduct annual maintenance for sister company Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HLF) of Hannover. In all eleven of HLF`s fleet of Boeing 737-800s will undergo major maintenance at one of Britannia`s Luton hangars.
“Although Hapag-Lloyd is a sister company, since our acquisition by Preussag, we have had to fight hard to get this contract” Nick White, Britannia`s General Manager Maintenance Services said. “Even though the money for this work stays in the Preussag group, we have had to fight off competition from Eastern Europe, where labour costs are cheaper. We have had to demonstrate superb value for money to be awarded the contract.”
It is now almost ten years since Britannia undertook third party engineering work at its Luton base and the company has welcomed the return. “I am delighted that alongside our increasing integration with Preussag, the first third party engineering contract has been awarded to us by one of our sister companies within the Preussag Airlines Group” Kevin Hatton, Britannia`s Managing Director said.