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In case you missed it, Shannon Aerospace Ltd. (SAL) late last week said that it had recently completed D checks on two Airbus A320s operated by Philippine Airlines (PAL) as part of the carrier's summer maintenance schedule. Maybe I'm naive, but Manila to Shannon seems like a long way to go for a narrowbody D check. SAL, of course, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, and all of PAL's maintenance is handled by Lufthansa Technik Philippines, which is a JV of LHT and Manila-based MacroAsia Corp. According to SAL's statement, the PAL A320 work was done at the request of LHT Philippines, which started life in 2000 as an A330/A340 center of excellence before added the A320 capabilities a few years later. The fact that it asked sister company SAL to take on the two A320s would seem to indicate that it has plenty of widebody work to keep it busy. LHT also does A320 work at its Budapest and Malta facilities, and sends overflow work to Croatia Airlines.
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