23.04.2018

Innovation Bay: Lufthansa Technik Malta tests state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhaul

Practical tests with startups

On Malta, Lufthansa Technik is testing the future – from drone-based inspections of the aircraft skin to mobile 3D scanners to exoskeletons. The innovation bay at Lufthansa Technik Malta will increasingly focus on reviewing state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhauls in the near future. The objective: Everything that proves itself in practice there will be integrated in the work process and rolled out to all other Lufthansa Technik base maintenance locations.

For this purpose, Lufthansa Technik is cooperating with both startups and established technology companies. Innovative mobile 3D scanners are currently being tested for use in making detailed measurements of structural damage. In addition, the company is examining a solution for drone-based inspections of the aircraft skin as well as exoskeletons from different providers that can relieve employees of physically strenuous work during production. More innovative technological solutions from external partners are set to follow.

The selection is based primarily on top trends, but also on day-to-day requirements. "Our aim is to improve base maintenance processes and then use the improved processes across all our locations. This enables us to guarantee the same quality and standards at the highest technological level throughout the Lufthansa Technik Group's network," says Marcus Motschenbacher, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Malta.

And Malta is just the start: Innovation bays are currently being planned at other Lufthansa Technik locations. This is an important contribution to shortening aircraft layovers for airline customers.