Lufthansa Technik and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have announced an agreement to create an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility to service short-haul and medium-haul aircraft.
Agreements have now been signed with the government of Puerto Rico and the responsible port authority, and Lufthansa plans to start construction on the facility in the next three months.
This is a step for Lufthansa Technik to expand its involvement in the U.S. The new company, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, will be based at Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla, a former U.S. Air Force Base located on the northwest of the island.
The company will employ up to 400 workers and run a total of five overhaul lines. Initially, it will operate two lines for Airbus A320 C-checks and D-checks. The first layover is due to take place in 2015.