Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) performs line maintenance work according to a follow-up press release from Hawaiian. Other sources including Associated press had indicated that the facility was performing major maintenance.
“We are very comfortable with the quality of service provided by Lufthansa Technik Philippines.” –Hawaiian Airlines
U.S. inspection records at the Philippines facility indicates a pattern of problems that speak to industry-wide concerns about the outsourcing of maintenance to less expensive facilities in developing countries. The FAA records of LTP showed repeated difficulties following U.S. regulations from record-keeping to repair tool calibration. The FAA also noted other problems including training workers to U.S. standards and a lack of familiarity among in-house inspectors with U.S. regulations. The facility is said to provide service for 50 airlines including Hawaiian.
In December, the U.S. DOT announced it was launching an investigation of the FAA’s oversight of maintenance of U.S. passenger airlines by outside contractors, which includes those in other countries.