Dr. Johannes Bussmann, CEO of Lufthansa Technik

Open Skies Aircraft Conversion

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It's our people.

A plane without secrets

We converted the most modern surveillance aircraft for international Open Skies missions. Countries that have signed up to the Open Skies agreement can observe each other's territories from the air. After 22 years, Germany is once again using its own aircraft for this purpose – and we were the general contractor for this aircraft conversion. Even for our highly experienced experts, it became a true "once in a lifetime" project…delivered on time and on budget.

Watch the video on the modification of the Open Skies aircraft.

Cutting holes into the lower skin of a perfectly good aircraft fuselage is a rather unusual job for a MRO company. But the four openings with a diameter of up to 44 centimeters are at the heart of this special Airbus A319's modification – they will help ensure the necessary clear view for the on-board cameras during its future missions.

“Nothing on this aircraft is secret. All technologies must be accessible at any time and without a lot of work so that the countries involved can check all the systems and recordings.”

Andreas Britz, Project Manager "Open Skies"

However, the most important elements of the conversion are not immediately apparent. The aircraft was upgraded to the latest technology and around 100 Service Bulletins (SBs) were implemented. The project team coordinated 15 partner companies in 20 different locations.


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Wieland Timm, Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft

Wieland Timm

Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft

Lufthansa Technik AG

Hamburg, Germany