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Pitfalls and red flags when dealing with German MROs

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein


Well-known maintenance, repair and overhaul organisations (MROs) in the aviation business are located in Germany (eg, LHT, MTU and EFW). Although airlines often have in-house capabilities due to having an European Union Aviation Safety Agency Part 145/FAR Part 145 or similar approval, they also use third-party MROs. Such use may even increase in relation to next generation aircraft due to high start-up costs, expensive tooling and more complex repairs. As airlines must continuously strive to reduce maintenance costs, it is prudent to carefully review and negotiate contracts with MROs.

MROs often insist on the law of their home jurisdiction being the applicable law to the contract. This webinar will address a selection of important issues that need to be considered when negotiating so-called ‘time and material’ or ‘power by the hour’ contracts, and will also examine specific areas of German law such as:

  • workman liens;
  • warranties;
  • standard business terms; and
  • liability, Indemnity and Insurance.


Christine Kranich, Counsel
Christine Kranich is counsel with ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN in Hamburg, Germany. She has been a German licensed attorney since 1998 and a member of the California bar since 2001. After having worked since 2001 with a small German boutique law firm that is specialised in aviation, she joined ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN in October 2018. For more than 18 years she has worked solely in the field of financing, sale/purchase, leasing and maintenance of aircraft, engines and related parts. In particular, she has extensive experience in advising airlines on aircraft and engine lease and maintenance agreements.

Ulrich Steppler, Partner
Ulrich Steppler heads ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN’s airline and aviation practice with a strong focus on passenger air transportation. He has published numerous articles, case notes and reviews, as well as a book on International Air Transport Association interlining and a collection of regulations on the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. He won the ILO Client Choice Award for the category of Aviation Law Expert – Germany in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2019, as well as other awards, and has been recognised as a leading practitioner in aviation law by various legal directories such as Who’sWho Legal, Legal500 and Legal Experts EMEA.


Christine Kranich
Ulrich Steppler


10 October 2019
14:30 - 15:25 UTC
55 min