September 24, 2008

Lufthansa Technik, OGMA Receive Excellence Awards at AVIATION WEEK’s MRO Europe Conference

MADRID, Spain, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- AVIATION WEEK today presented its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Europe 2008 awards of excellence to Lufthansa Technik and OGMA-Industria Aeronautica de Portugal at its MRO Europe Conference & Exhibition in Madrid's IFEMA Convention Center in front of nearly 300 aviation industry professionals, executives and media representatives. The ceremony was part of a two-day conference and tradeshow for 3,000 aviation maintenance and safety experts from around the globe.

Lufthansa Technik received the 2008 Best European Airline MRO of the Year Award, as selected by editors at Overhaul & Maintenance (O&M). The award honors Lufthansa Technik's commitment to environmental stewardship; its investment in personnel training, research and innovation; and its consistent business success. "Lufthansa Technik is committed to innovation, as evidenced by its composites work expansion and its Cabin Innovation Center, which is scheduled to open to Hamburg in December," said Lee Ann Tegtmeier, Managing Editor of Overhaul & Maintenance, as she presented the award to August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa Technik.

"Overhaul & Maintenance selected OGMA to receive the Best European Independent MRO of the Year Award because of its commitment to the environment, health and safety; its forward-looking developments in aerostructures, highlighting composite materials and repair technologies; and its dexterity in providing maintenance and fleet management solutions to customers in military, commercial and executive aviation," said Frank Jackman, Editor-in-Chief of Overhaul & Maintenance. "OGMA leads by example with its environmental certification, and it is committed to reducing both pollution and occupational hazards." With customers in more than 45 companies worldwide, OGMA celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Eduardo Bonini, Chairman of OGMA, accepted the award on behalf of his company.

The conference features Fernando Conte, CEO, Iberia; Fernando Pinto, CEO, TAP Portugal; Abdel Aziz Fadel, Chairman & CEO, EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering; John Byers, CEO, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies; Lorin Dumitrescu, Deputy Technical Director, Tarom Romanian Air Transport; Paul Horstink, SVP, Maintenance and Engineering, Martinair; Denis Vercherin, Chairman & CEO, Snecma Services; and other prominent figures in the global MRO industry. The exhibition hall hosts nearly 200 companies representing MRO product and services suppliers.

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