Lufthansa Technik plans a €28 million investment in its new aircraft engine repair operation which officially opens in Celbridge, Co Kildare today.

The state-of-the-art Mobile Engine Services facility has been established for the service and repair of engines for airline and aviation leasing companies from Ireland and across the EMEA region.

The new custom-built operation already employs 30 highly skilled personnel, with plans to more than double this number to 65 within the next two years, as the business grows.

Lufthansa Technik already has a significant presence in Shannon, Co Clare, and despite selling a division of the operation to Atlantic Aviation earlier this year, the firm remains committed to the region.

Michael Malewski, CEO of LTTS, said the decision to base the new repair operation in Celbridge was due to the availability of skilled personnel.

"The aviation industry is rebuilding at pace following the significant impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector," Mr Malewski said, "and our business is focused on supporting our customers by growing our own capabilities and product offering. Today's announcement is good news for the aviation sector and good news for Ireland, as we actively look to invest in and expand our operation with more recruitment underway for both technical and administrative staff."

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Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon's Mobile Engine Services operation is a 3,500sqm facility and in addition to repairing and servicing aircraft engines from its base in Celbridge, a technical team can be deployed to a customer site anywhere in the world to carry out the necessary work.

The project is supported by the government through IDA Ireland. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said it's a significant and very welcome investment. "It will double its number of highly skilled jobs to 65 in the next few years.

"It's great to see the aviation sector growing again," Minister Varadkar said. "This new mobile engine services facility in Kildare is strategically located to service aircraft engines for organisations across the EMEA region."