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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III recently attended the inauguration of the new $30-million Airbus A380 maintenance hangar of Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) at the MacroAsia Special Economic Zone in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

When the facility opens in April, the Philippines will be “one of the few locations around the world that can service such a gigantic aircraft”, Aquino said. The Airbus A380 is currently the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

The hangar covers 8,500 square meters and is 35 meters high. It is the third of its kind in Manila and will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services to A380s.

The facility can accommodate one wide-body and two narrow-body aircraft at any given time. LTP, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and MacroAsia Corp, will employ about 400 new jobs for the project.

LTP already provides comprehensive technical services like lease return checks and cabin modification for the Airbus A330/A340 and A320 families.

August Wilhelm Henningsen, Lufthansa Technik AG’s chairman of the executive board, said the new hangar will help the company “keep up with the increasing demand for technical services for long-haul Airbus aircraft, particularly in the Asian market.”

Airbus A380 by Tim Beach http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=230

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