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Iberia signs Airbus engine maintenance contract with Cathay Pacific

Iberia Maintenance and Cathay Pacific have signed a contract under which the Spanish company will repair and maintain of the Asian carrier’s 49 CFM56-5C4 engines on 11 Airbus A340-300.

The work will be carried out at Iberia’s engine workshop, a 52,500 m2 facility near the Madrid-Barajas airport.

Iberia conducts all types of maintenance services on its own engines and those of other airlines. These services include dismantling, cleaning, inspection, and repair of components, and reassembly and follow-up.

The volume of engine work carried out by Iberia Maintenance has increased by 15% in recent years, with gains both in the number of engines serviced –183 in the year to date– and customers, which now number more than 30. The increased workload has occasioned an expansion of staff and productive improvements.

Iberia’s facilities include a testing bench for engines of up to 100,000 lb. of thrust for to verify performance after servicing.

Like Iberia, Cathay Pacific is a member of the oneworld airline alliance. The flag carrier of Hong Kong was founded in 1946, and it serves 116 destinations in 35 nations of Asia, the Pacific, Europe, North America, and Africa. The airline auditing firm Skytrax named it the airline of the year in 2009 for the quality of its customer service.

Iberia Maintenance is the maintenance unit of Iberia Airline of Spain, and it boasts modern and well-equipped installations near Madrid-Barajas airport, where it maintains the airframes and engines of the Iberia fleet, and also serves more than third-party 100 clients around the world, including British Airways, Continental Airlines, Atlasjet, SAS, DHL, Meridiana, Air Finlandia, and now, Cathay Pacific. Its Spanish clients include Iberworld, Air Europa, Spanair, and Vueling.

Iberia Maintenance is the world’s ninth-largest aircraft maintenance operator, excluding OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and posted sales of some 732.5 million euros in 2009.

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