16.08.2018

Comprehensive A350 APU support for two Asian airlines

Exclusive time and material agreements for HGT1700 auxiliary power units

Two major Asian airlines entrusted Lufthansa Technik with the technical support for the HGT1700 auxiliary power units (APU) of their A350-900 fleets.

South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines signed a ten year long-term contract for the HGT1700 APUs of its planned fleet of 30 A350-900 aircraft. The services will be provided in the frame of an exclusive time and material agreement and will start in August 2018. All repairs will be performed in the workshops at Lufthansa Technik's headquarters in Hamburg, Germany.

Vietnam Airlines also entrusted the maintenance of its HGT1700 APUs to Lufthansa Technik and signed an exclusive time and material contract. The national carrier of Vietnam will operate a fleet of 14 A350-900s.

Lufthansa Technik is the official warranty station and partner of original equipment manufacturer Honeywell for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the HGT1700 APU. The German company has a vast experience in APU overhauls and value-adding engineering services. Lufthansa Technik is also continuously collaborating first-hand with the manufacturers in the improvement of repair processes and related technologies. 

13.08.2018

158 new trainees start their training

Three young deaf trainees begin in Hamburg

158 young people are now starting either traditional or dual-study training programs with the Lufthansa Technik Group. In parallel, the selection process for 2019 is already underway at www.be-lufthansa.com/technik. All told, Lufthansa Technik in Germany will now be home to 582 young people on their way to professions in technical aircraft services or aircraft logistics.

Beginning in 2019, Lufthansa Technik intends to nearly double the number of training slots in Hamburg and Frankfurt over a period of several years. This decision was made on the basis of the company's good economic development and the fact that many of its employees will soon reach retirement age. Several subsidiaries are once again increasing their trainee numbers as well: In particular, Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey plans a significant extension of its training
activities.

Among the 78 trainees starting in Hamburg are three deaf people, who are part of a project that Lufthansa Technik launched in 2000: Every two years, deaf people have the opportunity to become tool mechanics, with the vast majority of graduates going on to work at the company's workshops in permanent positions.

46 of the new trainees are joining programs in Frankfurt, 16 in Arnstadt, 11 in Alzey and four in Munich. Applicants were able to choose between 12 different professions and courses of study.

Digital maintenance: In Hamburg, 22 trainees have begun a program to become electronics technicians for devices and systems and will thus work in specialized workshops in the future. Twelve aircraft electronics specialists are being prepared to work directly on aircraft in Frankfurt. A total of 97 young people are starting their training directly at Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey, the Lufthansa Technik Group company with a successful focus on overhauling smaller jet and turboprop engines, has taken on eleven new aircraft mechanic trainees with a specialty in engine technology. With this step, Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey is expanding its training capacity once again (it now has a total of 35 training slots) to safeguard the company's strong growth over the long term with motivated, expert specialists.

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) has 29 new trainees for the future-oriented profession of warehouse logistics specialist as well as two people training to become specialists for forwarding and logistics services. With a total of 76 training slots, Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services has the largest training program in the Lufthansa Technik Group aside from its parent company.

N3 Engine Overhaul Services, a 50:50 joint venture with Rolls-Royce that is headquartered in Arnstadt in Thuringia, has also increased the number of training slots compared with last year: This location is now home to 16 young people training to become aircraft mechanic engines and three warehouse logistics specialist trainees. With a total of 53 trainees, N3 is also very important as a training location.

The percentage of women among the new trainees amounts to 10 percent this year, which is three percentage points lower than the year before and also below the average of the past five years. Lufthansa Technik will keep an eye on this development and continue its efforts to win over women to future-oriented technical professions.

 

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The sites and training professions

Hamburg: 78 trainees and dual-program trainees are joining the program in Hamburg this year. Most of the slots here go to young people who will become aircraft mechanics with specialties in repair technology (12) and engines (12), together with trainees in the new profession of electronics technician for devices and systems (22) that was introduced in 2016. They are joined by 12 tool mechanics, two surface coating technicians, and at Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, 12 warehouse logistics specialists, all of whom are also beginning their training. In addition, there are new trainees in Hamburg for the following degree-based professions: one practice-oriented aircraft engineer (Bachelor of Engineering), two practice-oriented electrical engineers (Bachelor of Science), two mechanical engineers (Bachelor of Science) and one student of mechatronics (Bachelor of Science). The degree coursework for these programs takes place at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Frankfurt: 46 trainees are starting the program in Frankfurt: For the first time, seven aircraft mechanics with a specialty in engine technology will be trained directly in the city. They are joined by 12 aircraft mechanics specializing in repair technology, 12 aircraft electronics specialists, 13 warehouse logistics specialists (LTLS) and two specialists for forwarding and logistics services (LTLS).

Arnstadt: 16 aircraft mechanic trainees with a specialty in engine technology will strengthen N3 Engine Overhaul Services' workforce. In addition, three people will begin their training as warehouse
logistics specialists.

Alzey: Eleven slots have been filled for aircraft mechanic trainees specializing in engine technology.

Munich: Four trainees are beginning at Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services with the goal of becoming specialists in warehouse logistics. 

12.07.2018

First engine wash with carbon dioxide pellets worldwide

Cyclean Dry Ice to be launched shortly

Lufthansa Technik AG has developed a unique procedure to wash engines with dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). The company has filed several patent applications, which means it can now develop an actual product, which will be called Cyclean Dry Ice. As of 2019, the system will be used alongside the water-based Cyclean® engine wash.

During the new engine wash procedure, dry ice pellets that are only a few millimeters in size are shot into the engine via a mobile blasting system. When they hit the components, the pellets release kinetic energy. Through this energy and the contact with the ice-cold pellets (-78.5 degrees Celsius / −109.3 °F), dirt is dislodged from the components.

The new procedure has many advantages: The carbon dioxide used is a by-product of the oil refinery and fertilizer industries so that no additional carbon dioxide has to be generated. And since the pellets transition fully to a gaseous state, there are no residues to deal with. In addition, the procedure can also be applied at outdoor temperatures below freezing. Engines can thus be washed 365 days a year, even in permafrost regions.

The mobile Cyclean Dry Ice washing system is mounted on a platform with an omnidirectional drive. A height-adjustable scissor lift enables fast and thorough cleaning of all engine types, regardless of their size and height. Since there is no need to fasten any pieces of equipment to the engine or to perform a run-up after the engine has been washed, the time needed for the cleaning process – and thus the ground time – is reduced to just 30 minutes compared with conventional engine washes.

Dirk Deja, project manager at Lufthansa Technik, said: "With this new procedure, Lufthansa Technik will strengthen its leading market position and be the first MRO provider to offer engine washes with dry ice on the market. We are thus making another significant contribution to reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in civil aviation by several hundred thousand tons per year."

 

Images: Copyright Lufthansa Technik 

11.07.2018

MoU with Norwegian for comprehensive CFM56-7B engine services

Total Engine Support (TES®) for Boeing 737-800 fleet

The Norwegian Air Shuttle Group and Lufthansa Technik have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to early extend an existing Total Engine Support (TES®) contract with Lufthansa Technik. The agreement covers all-inclusive services for the CFM56-7B engines powering the airline's current fleet of 115 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

According to the MoU, Lufthansa Technik will cover all planned and unplanned shop visits for the next five years at its highly dedicated CFM56 engine shop in Hamburg, Germany. The extended agreement will also cover a far-reaching engine lease management. Lufthansa Technik will secure the leasing of spare engines for Norwegian to ensure the availability during peak overhaul periods. The contract will also include the regular employment of Lufthansa Technik's proprietary Cyclean® Engine Wash and on-site services such as the use of the portable device aerotracer.

Lufthansa Technik has been maintaining Norwegian's CFM56-7B engines since the fleet introduction of the Boeing 737-800 in 2008. In addition to the current engine agreement, Lufthansa Technik also supports the 737-800 fleet of the Norwegian Group with a range of other services, including extensive airframe maintenance.

 

 

Image: Copyright Norwegian 

11.07.2018

Oerlikon and Lufthansa Technik to jointly accelerate additive manufacturing processes and standards

Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik will jointly establish replicable additive manufacturing (AM) processes and standards for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) applications

Pfäffikon Schwyz, Switzerland & Hamburg, Germany – July 11, 2018 – Oerlikon (SIX: OERL), a leading technology and engineering group, and Lufthansa Technik, a leading provider of maintenace, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil aircraft, engines and components, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish robust and repeatable processes for additive manufacturing (AM) in the aicraft MRO industry. The partnership is an important step toward the industrialization of AM in the aircraft MRO industry and aims to take advantage of potential flexibility and cost savings in manufacturing, procurement, warehousing and supply chain management.

"We are confident that Oerlikon's extensive expertise in additive manufacturing and the aerospace industry, combined with our proven ability to integrate solutions throughout the manufacturing value chain on a global scale will bring great benefits to Lufthansa Technik," said Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO, Oerlikon Group. "We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Lufthansa Technik and join forces to develop reliable, repeatable and quality-assured additive manufacturing processes, standards and products for the MRO industry."

"Lufthansa Technik is active in areas such as the cabin of the future, 3D printing, and Industry 4.0," said Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, vice president, Engine Services, at Lufthansa Technik. "We see the partnership with Oerlikon's AM team as an exciting opportunity to accelerate Lufthansa Technik's plan of having local AM repair capabilities on a global scale."

Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik will build up representative component geometrics. The components will be printed on identical printers in three global locations: Oerlikon AM Charlotte (North Carolina, USA), Oerlikon AM Barleben (Germany) and Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg (Germany). The same process parameters and powder specifications will be used to understand process repeatability. The partnership is for a one-year period and may be extended to other models of printers as more data on manufacturing processes is collected.

The collaboration between Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik will help drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing as the study results will be shared with relevant industry bodies to support defining standards for the qualification and approval of aircraft components. 

09.07.2018

Component support for Avianca Brazil

Total Component Support (TCS®) and in-house capability build-up

The Brazilian airline Avianca Brasil and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed a comprehensive Total Component Support (TCS®) contract, covering repair and overhaul of components for the fleet of Avianca Brasil. The fleets consist of Airbus A320 family and Airbus A330 long-haul jets. Component support of the Airbus fleet will be ensured through a home base stock to be established in São Paulo, Brazil.
 
In addition, Lufthansa Technik will support Avianca Brasil in the build-up of in-house capabilities, for example for the maintenance and repair of A320 emergency slides and other safety equipment. As part of the contract, Lufthansa Technik will also oversee the production of  Airbus A320neo aircraft Avianca Brasil has on order. By performing independent checks during critical phases of the aircraft production, Lufthansa Technik's Aircraft Production Inspection Program (APIP) ensures enhanced quality.
 
Frederico Pedreira, Chief Executive Officer from Avianca Brasil, said: „With Lufthansa Technik we have secured the support of a global player in technical aircraft services, whose experience and reliability we highly value. Lufthansa Technik is also the best partner for our new A320neo fleet."
 
„This contract is a big success for Lufthansa Technik in the highly competitive South American market. As a strong partner, we are looking forward to supporting Avianca Brasil during the successful expansion of their business," said Frank Berweger, Vice President Sales Americas from Lufthansa Technik.
 

 

Image: Copyright Lufthansa Technik 

20.06.2018

New long-haul tail dock in operation at maintenance base in Munich

Two million Euros investment for optimized maintenance of Airbus A330, A340 and A350

On 20th June 2018 Lufthansa Technik AG has put a new a tail dock in operation at its Munich base. The company invested over two million euros in the new infrastructure. The dock is used for maintenance work on the aircraft types Airbus A330, A340 and A350.

The dock facilitates maintenance work at the rear of long-haul aircraft, as it makes the vertical and horizontal stabilizer and the auxiliary power unit, APU, easier to access. It also allows different work packages to be carried out simultaneously. The dock is 28.5 meters wide, 21 meters deep and 20.7 meters high. The weight is 125 tons.

"After two years of project phase and three months of construction time, the tail dock enables more efficient and safe handling of the work packages and is an investment in the future of long-haul maintenance operations at the Munich base", says Holger Beck, Senior Director Aircraft Line Maintenance Munich.

With over 800 employees, Lufthansa Technik services short- and long-haul aircraft for more than 40 customers at its second-largest maintenance base within Germany, including more than 100 aircraft of the Lufthansa Group alone.

 

Image: Copyright Lufthansa Technik

  

29.05.2018

Worldwide technical support of German VIP customer K5 Aviation

"Airside Assistance" for mixed long-haul fleet

German-based VIP charter company K5 Aviation has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide worldwide technical support for its VIP long-haul fleet. K5 Aviation is a worldwide operating company with bases in Europe, Russia and the USA and has a mixed Airbus / Bombardier fleet. Lufthansa Technik offers the corresponding services especially for operators of VIP and business jets via its product "Airside Assistance".

As the core of "Airside Assistance", Lufthansa Technik offers access to its pool of highly qualified engineers and mechanics and worldwide material supply through the company's global logistics network. The services also include immediate support in the event of a technical problem where the aircraft has to stay on the ground (AOG).

Additional support services for the maintenance and operation of VIP aircraft complement these basic services if required, including maintenance management, CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) support or airworthiness review, refurbishment and modernization of cabin facilities, coordination with authorities and maintenance of engines and components.

"Lufthansa Technik's global presence is of great importance to K5 Aviation as our aircraft are deployed worldwide," said Erik Scheidt, Director of K5 Aviation. "An international maintenance network is essential for the reliability and readiness of our fleet at all times. At Lufthansa Technik we can rely on the same high quality worldwide as at our home base".

"In case of problems, a hotline is available to support our customers worldwide around the clock," said Wieland Timm, Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik. "After signing the contract there are no further fees or costs until the customer requests our support at previously agreed prices and conditions. With Airside Assistance, any existing maintenance contract that a customer has on his home base is supplemented by worldwide coverage in AOG cases".

Technical and troubleshooting issues are handled by Lufthansa Technik's maintenance control center. Assistance with telephone enquiries and technical support is provided for the entire aircraft.

The AOG call center, which is available around the clock, offers immediate technical advice and support in the interpretation of technical documentation, such as manuals or minimum equipment lists (MEL). In addition, Lufthansa Technik teams provide on-site AOG support worldwide, for example daily or weekly inspections, troubleshooting, AOG assistance, engine inspections and changes as well as support for maintenance stations. 

29.05.2018

New Mercedes-Benz Style aircraft cabin unveiled ‘Inspired by AMG'

Unique sportive VIP design inspired by Mercedes-AMG

At EBACE 2018, Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik have unveiled a unique sportive variant of their prestigious VIP aircraft cabin, called ‘Inspired by AMG'.
‘Inspired by AMG' combines the dynamic architecture of the exceptional Mercedes-Benz Style interior cabin featuring its characteristic flowing DNA helix, and Sensual Purity formular design language with elements inspired by the unique and sportive appearance of Daimler AG subsidiary Mercedes-AMG.
"Based on the large international interest and positive feedback which we have achieved so far, we have decided to develop a second variant of our extremely well-received Mercedes-Benz Style VIP cabin", said Wieland Timm, Senior Director Sales, VIP & Special Mission Aircraft, at Lufthansa Technik. "We want to reach new customer groups with a strong affinity for a unique sportive design. That's why we took inspiration from Mercedes-AMG and their worldwide successful performance and sports cars, being the brand of the Daimler group which stands for cutting-edge technology, exclusivity and performance since decades."
Martin Bremer, Mercedes-Benz Style: "For us designers AMG stands for ‘Performance Luxury' which is the experience of the passion for the aesthetic of power. With our new variant of the Lufthansa Technik VIP cabin we give you a glimpse into this world".

The new cabin design ‘Inspired by AMG' radiates a strong masculine attraction by adapting the latest colour & trim finish of the newest Mercedes AMG GT C. This is achieved by integration of carefully selected and precisely embedded carbon fibre elements as well as a characteristic seat upholstery facelift. The overall colour scheme changed from white/brown to grey/black and now radiates the powerful dynamic of the latest AMG cars.
Another main feature taken over from the ‘Executive' variant are the so-called black panels, which, inspired by the typical dashboard design in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and AMG cars, appear to float in front of the window due to their discreet light corona. Innovative Mercedes-Benz Magic Sky technology allows the panels to be dimmed electrically from black to transparent. Displays and touch screens for entertainment and information screens can easily be integrated into the black panels.

 

 

Image: Copyright Daimler AG / Lufthansa Technik AG 

28.05.2018

Lufthansa Technik has become an approved ACJ350 XWB outfitting center

Intensive evaluation process by Airbus Corporate Jets

Lufthansa Technik has become an approved outfitter for ACJ350 XWB aircraft. In the past months, Airbus Corporate Jets has undertaken extensive evaluations of the individual completion centers in its network regarding their capabilities to handle future modifications and completions of the ACJ350 XWB. The evaluation was considering topics such as overall quality, adherence to deadlines and technical planning.

Wieland Timm, Senior Director VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik, said: "To become one of the few approved outfitting centers for the ACJ350 XWB is a very important milestone for our customer acquisition activities regarding completions and modifications for this new aircraft type. Our comprehensive MRO experience due to daily technical services on the commercial A350 XWB fleets of Lufthansa and other customers since more than two years gives us a unique expertise compared to others, also with regard to the VIP business."

Lufthansa Technik has already developed and unveiled an ACJ350 XWB VVIP interior concept called ‘Welcome Home'. The unique cabin is placing the human being in the center of the story and emphasizes a comprehensive approach towards health and well-being on board. It promotes flexible areas for privacy or valuable family time and provides super connectivity in regard to all communication channels.

Lufthansa Technik is licensed to maintain the Airbus A350 XWB in all aspects of the aircraft's life cycle. The company has been supporting the A350 XWB's development with     a special focus on maintainability from the very beginning. In the area of material supply, Lufthansa Technik covers a large part of the A350 XWB components, in many cases working together with original equipment manufacturers.

At the beginning of 2017, Lufthansa Technik received an extension of its approval as a design organization for A350 XWB from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA Part 21/J). The company is thus authorized to develop and approve repairs and modifications to a limited extent under its own responsibility.

Furthermore, a dedicated A350 XWB community was initiated by Lufthansa Technik, with the main goal of enabling airlines worldwide to exchange their experiences with their A350 XWB fleets and benefit from these exchanges.

 

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28.05.2018

First TIOS+ installation on Boeing 737 MAX 8

First customer for innovative radome

Lufthansa Technik AG has signed a contract with an undisclosed customer concerning development and delivery of its new TIOS+ radome (Three-In-One-Solution). The customer, a renowned completion center for VIP aircraft, is the first buyer for the new radome technology. The radome will be installed on a Boeing 737 MAX 8.

TIOS+ is a product of Original Equipment Innovation (OEI), Lufthansa Technik's product division dedicated to the development and manufacture for innovative products. The customer will receive the first shipset of TIOS+ by the end of 2018.

TIOS+ is a triple Band (L, Ku, Ka) elegant and fuel efficient tail mount solution for the 737 family. Nearly 20 years after the introduction of the popular TIOS (Two-In-One-Solution) radome, Lufthansa Technik has been able to advance the system for use with Ka-band installations. Within only six months, Lufthansa Technik developed this product and established an in-house manufacturing setup in Hamburg.

To develop the new radome, Lufthansa Technik has used its many years of experience with fiber-reinforced structures in the repair of radomes. The company's ARC® (Airframe-Related Components) division in Hamburg specializes in composite structures and fulfills all the necessary requirements. In addition to having its own production equipment, such as autoclaves, robotic systems and cold storage for material, Lufthansa Technik's ARC offers highly-qualified and experienced staff. The team can manufacture radomes of almost any type, for installation on the vertical stabilizer (tail-mounted) or for mounting on the fuselage. TIOS+ is one of the products produced by the ARC team. The team has already developed and delivered another radome product in 2017.

The future development aims at the adaption of TIOS+ to the Boeing 737 MAX 7 and 737 MAX 9 aircraft types.

 

Bild: Copyright Lufthansa Technik 

24.05.2018

Total Technical Support for Comair

Comprehensive TTS® for Boeing 737 MAX 8

The South African airline Comair Limited and Lufthansa Technik have signed a comprehensive long-term Total Technical Support (TTS®) contract. In the frame of the new agreement, Lufthansa Technik will provide engineering, planning, line maintenance and component support including consumables and expendables supply for the customer's future Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. The services will commence in January 2019, when Comair, as part of its fleet renewal program, will take delivery of the first two of eight 737 MAX 8 aircraft on order.

Erik Venter, Chief Executive Officer of Comair, says: "The imminent arrival of the 737 MAX 8 was an opportunity for us to evaluate our future technical requirements. Lufthansa Technik's experience with the aircraft type and the operational efficiencies we believe we will gain in terms of maintenance turnaround times will enable us to further leverage the benefits of our investment in the new fleet and improve customer service."

As part of the TTS®, Lufthansa Technik supports Comair with a Technical Operations Management (TOM), integrating all MRO activities contracted in the agreement into a comprehensive service package. Robert Gaag, Vice President Corporate Sales EMEA at Lufthansa Technik, says: "We feel honoured by the trust and confidence of the Comair management, which has chosen Lufthansa Technik to take on this important responsibility. I hope this is the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with Comair."

In conjunction with a TTS® contract, TOM is a service package which enables operators to enjoy efficiency advantages resulting from synergies in service integration and reduced complexity for their fleets. Comair's in-house engineering and fleet department will continue to oversee all maintenance, repair and overhaul services. 

Image: Copyright Comair Limited 

18.05.2018

Application phase for training year 2019 begins

Nine training programs at three sites

The 2019 training year is already starting at the Lufthansa Technik Group. At www.be-lufthansa-com/technik, young people can now apply for nine different professions. The company's good economic prospects and age-related employee fluctuation have led to a significant increase in training slots compared with last year. Training takes place at the Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich sites.

Applicants can choose from these classic aircraft-specific professions: aircraft mechanic with specialties in repair technology, manufacturing technology or engine technology, aircraft electronics specialist, and workshop-oriented electronics technician for components and systems.

Chemistry experts might be interested in the Hamburg program that trains surface coating technicians (electroplaters): Lufthansa Technik is one of the few companies to offer training in this field.

Traditionally, the professions tool mechanic and warehouse logistics specialist are especially popular. The vocational training program for the latter is the only one offered at all three sites, since logistics is increasingly gaining importance in aircraft maintenance. And on this topic: Specialists for forwarding and logistics services are also in demand once again.

"Our training slots often fill very quickly," said Kristin Bakonyi, Marketing Manager of Vocational Training & Young Talent Programs at Lufthansa Technik. Her advice for young people is to apply quickly if they are specifically interested in one of the training programs. "Those still deciding between different training programs can find detailed information, videos and "trainee diaries" in the applicant portal at www.be-lufthansa.com/technik," Kristin Bakonyi added.

Applicants have to pass a short online test and will then be invited to a computer-aided recruitment test. If they complete these steps successfully, they are invited to a personal interview that features a conversation and a practical task focusing on skills, motivation and technical understanding. Those who show themselves at their best will become a part of the Lufthansa Technik family starting in August 2019.

July will see the start of applications for the company's dual-study programs, for which Lufthansa Technik cooperates with universities. 

17.05.2018

Successful trainee program celebrates its tenth birthday

100 program graduates taken over by Lufthansa Technik

"StartTechnik" celebrates its tenth birthday. 2008 saw the start of Lufthansa Technik AG's trainee program for particularly successful graduates of university programs in engineering, industrial engineering, economics and business information technology. Over the past ten years, it has become an important instrument in attracting talented young people to Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik. 100 young trainees have already found their way to Lufthansa Technik through the StartTechnik program.

"The application phase for the program that begins in October 2018 is currently underway," says Elke Niemann, Head of Young Talent Programs at Lufthansa Technik.

New trainees begin twice a year, in April and October. "The new employees must complete four demanding project assignments in different, individually coordinated areas, and one of them must take place at a foreign subsidiary or associate," says Niemann.

Trainees take on responsibility from the very beginning and quickly discover the diversity of Lufthansa Technik as a high-tech company. Regular target agreement discussions and feedback, supportive training measures and mentoring by experienced managers are fixed elements of the trainee program.

Graduates who are interested in the program can find more information here: www.be-lufthansa.com/technik

 

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16.05.2018

Bombardier and Lufthansa Technik to Unveil Dialed Up Flight Experience Onboard Global 7500 Aircraft in Geneva

The industry-leading nice Touch cabin management system (CMS) will make its worldwide debut at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition on May 29, 2018

Montreal, May 15, 2018 – Bombardier today unveiled a preview of the revolutionary nice Touch cabin management system, a Bombardier-designed platform developed in collaboration with Lufthansa Technik and found exclusively on the Global 7500 aircraft. The nice Touch CMS will be on display at the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. The new system brings cabin connectivity to the next level with two new layers of interaction, creating a multifaceted solution that combines physical and digital interfaces to ensure effortless control of the cabin environment and entertainment.
For ultimate cabin efficiency and enjoyment, the nice Touch CMS introduces a new way to connect with the cabin through the Bombardier Touch dial, featuring business aviation's first application of an OLED display. Always within reach from the comfort of the passenger's seat, it discreetly rises from the side ledge with the touch of a finger to provide rapid control of entertainment and cabin settings.
The Global 7500 aircraft also introduces Suite controllers throughout the aircraft's full-sized living spaces, a first in the industry. These unique bulkhead-mounted interfaces allow for intuitive and home-like control of the cabin environment.
"The Global 7500 jet's nice Touch CMS sets a new standard in the industry by further elevating the cabin experience," said Brad Nolen, Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Bombardier is renowned in the industry for its impeccable design and leading-edge technology – and the Global 7500 aircraft's nice Touch CMS perfectly combines those two elements to bring ultimate comfort and effortless control to the customer's fingertips."
The Touch dial and Suite controllers are complemented by the nice Touch application, available on iOS and Android devices. The application takes simplicity and convenience to another level, thanks to its content aggregator that provides easy access to all media. Its curated selection of preset lighting schemes offers limitless custom color combinations for the perfect cabin ambiance.
"With a 10-gigabit fibre-optic architecture and dual wireless access points for redundancy, the nice Touch CMS provides an easy and reliable way to control all cabin functions so that passengers can easily transition between productivity and relaxation," said Andrew Muirhead, Vice President, Product Division Original Equipment Innovation, Lufthansa Technik. "Lufthansa Technik is a long-time partner of Bombardier, and we are thrilled to bring our knowledge and expertise in building innovative CMS and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to the highly anticipated Global 7500 aircraft."
The nice Touch CMS redefines cabin entertainment by delivering available 4K, ultra-high-definition content at unprecedented speeds. The Global 7500 jet also boasts two media centres that provide on-demand audio and video to any suite in the cabin, and various floorplan configurations that offer large cabin monitors. Combined with Ka-band – the fastest internet connectivity worldwide – the nice Touch CMS allows passengers to effortlessly surf, stream, watch and listen to the content they want as if they were at home.
The Global 7500 aircraft takes refinement to a new level with its four distinct living spaces as well as the industry's largest and best-equipped kitchen, allowing for more diverse meal options. It has all the amenities to ensure passengers feel refreshed and energized, such as a Master Suite with a permanent bed and a true stand-up shower in the available En Suite. Now with a maximum operating range of 7,700 nautical miles, the Global 7500 aircraft can fly farther than any other business jet, and is the only business aircraft that can connect New York and Hong Kong, and Singapore to Los Angeles.
The Global 7500 jet's innovative design was recently awarded the prestigious Red Dot at the 2018 Red Dot Award: Product Design.

 

Image: Bombardier Business Aircraft
  

02.05.2018

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services digitizes material identification

Tablets with GateApp replace Gate boxes

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, has developed an app called Gate, which now allows components to be identified using an industrial tablet. The GateApp will gradually replace the Gate boxes used to date. Not only will this development allow portable, convenient and flexible identification of aircraft material, rather it also digitizes the process fully.

LTLS already developed a new procedure for material identification in the international repair cycle in 2014 called gate.control. This material identification procedure allowed direct shipping of parts from the customer to the closest MRO location and back again if necessary. Using a Gate box of around one cubic meter in size, the components including name plate and documents were photographed, scanned and identified at the customer's location. The GateApp is part of the digitalization strategy of LTLS.

Now the large box is being replaced by a robust industrial tablet with the preinstalled GateApp which, thanks to an ergonomic hand strap, can be held with just one hand. Each component can be photographed on all sides, the documents scanned, possible damage and packaging documented and the component data recorded with the integrated barcode scanner. The data is then sent to the Lufthansa Technik network and booked in the central service center, with forwarding then commissioned to the relevant MRO location. The tablet with GateApp is intended primarily for use in the storage and material handling areas of service partners or directly with the customer.


"The GateApp not only allows components to be recorded faultlessly, it will also speed up their identification and replenishment in case of defects," says Andreas Boehle, Project Manager GateApp at LTLS. "Thanks to the low costs and simple handling, we can roll out the portable tablet worldwide in future and further reduce turnaround times in the supply chain." 

25.04.2018

Supervisory Board early extends Executive Board mandate of Constanze Hufenbecher

New Five-year contract as Chief Financial Officer

At its latest meeting, the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG early appointed Constanze Hufenbecher as Chief Financial Officer of Lufthansa Technik AG for further five years until 31st of January 2024. The extension will be effective from 1st of February 2019 on.

Constanze Hufenbecher has been Chief Financial Officer  and member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG since February 2016. In addition to Finance, she is responsible for Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services and for Corporate Services, including Accounting, Controlling, Procurement, Legal Affairs, Facility Management and International Trade. 

25.04.2018

Set for worldwide technical A320neo LEAP-1A nacelle support

Investment in Cowling and Thrust Reverser spares as loan and exchange units

Lufthansa Technik has increased its LEAP-1A spare parts inventory by cowlings and thrust reversers. These large components are located in Frankfurt, Germany, and can be provided worldwide to customers on loan or exchange for immediate AOG (aircraft-on-ground) support. Further cowlings and thrust reversers would be available via a mutual support agreement with other suppliers.

"A spare nacelle set of inlet cowl, fan cowls, and thrust reversers can be a considerable investment for airlines at such an early age of the aircraft. With a spare parts pool, we can make a better and more economic choice available to our customers," said Michael Kirstein, Senior Director Aircraft Systems at Lufthansa Technik.

By investing in further spare parts and expanding its pool, Lufthansa Technik is responding to the rapidly growing Airbus A320neo fleet with LEAP-1A engines, which is expected to grow by more than 300 aircraft per year.

Via its international network Lufthansa Technik is in the position to react to ad-hoc LEAP-1A service requests worldwide. 

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. 

19.04.2018

Eastar Jet becomes new customer in Korea

Total Component Support (TCS®) for Boeing 737NG fleet

The Korean low-cost carrier Eastar Jet has commissioned Lufthansa Technik AG to supply components for its short and medium-haul fleet. Eastar Jet currently operates18 Boeing 737NG and has placed more orders on this aircraft type.

The Total Component Support (TCS®) agreement includes component maintenance as well as spare parts leasing through a component pool at the airline's headquarters at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul. Eastar Jet will also be granted access to the corresponding spare parts pools at Lufthansa Technik.

"We are pleased to know that component supply for our Boeing 737NG fleet is in the hands of a partner as experienced as Lufthansa Technik," said Daniel Yim, General Manager of purchasing team from Eastar Jet. "We are confident that Lufthansa Technik will offer us optimal support, which will also help us with the expansion of our flight operations."

Stefan Loh, Senior Sales Manager at Lufthansa Technik, said: "We welcome Eastar Jet as a new customer in Korea and are proud that the airline has entrusted us with our comprehensive component supply. It is our goal to support Eastar Jet with excellent quality and service as well as our competitive cost structure."

Lufthansa Technik guarantees reliable delivery from its TCS® pool comprising over 100,000 different components. Aircraft operators benefit from optimal component availability, without having to create and maintain their own spare parts warehouses. Lufthansa Technik TCS® pool customers benefit from lower operating costs, especially through effects of scale.

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