Lufthansa Technik (LHT) launched its Total Base Maintenance Support (TBS) offering in early 2011 with a promise of simplicity at its core. The program allows airlines to source with LHT and customize every aspect of a heavy check. “An operator with a mid-sized or large fleet has different requirements than a start-up,” notes an LHT spokesman. “TBS is offering several selectable modules for our customers and also optimizes the interfaces with other LHT Group products that the customer might have with, or will contract to, LHT.”
Most importantly, TBS offers guaranteed slot availability—thanks to LHT's extensive network, with more than 20 heavy check lines in Europe alone—combined with price certainty. TBS customers can pay by the heavy check, flight hour or month, enabling them to put off the expense of a major check as long as possible or spread out the financial burden more evenly.