17.10.2018

Major cabin refurbishment for a new Asian VIP customer

Lufthansa Technik AG has signed a major cabin refurbishment contract with a new undisclosed Asian VIP customer. The lay-over of an Airbus ACJ319 will take place at Lufthansa Technik´s VIP center in Hamburg, Germany and will be completed within the year 2019.

The aircraft´s interior and systems will be refreshed to improve the passenger comfort and meet the demand of its owner, so that the aircraft will be as good as new for its next life. Particularly, the aircraft will receive a comprehensive modification and upgrade package, which includes a state of the art entertainment system, enhanced sound insulation and a KA band connectivity solution.

"It is a great opportunity for us to work with Lufthansa Technik, the number one completion center in the world", said a member of the customer's senior management. "I think we just made a small step. But I believe we can develop a good relationship with this important project. And I really expect a meaningful result based on Lufthansa Technik's professionalism and craftsmanship."

"We are very proud to welcome this new VIP customer for a major refurbishment from Asia here at our facility in Hamburg," said Jan Grube, Head of Asia Sales for VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik. "The Asian VIP aircraft market has become more and more important for our business over the past years. More than 30 completions and major refurbishments in the Asian region clearly demonstrate that our expertise and broad service portfolio are well accepted by our customers in this part of the world."
The portfolio of Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Division is reaching from highly individual cabin completions, over modular completion concepts, refurbishment and modification programs to comprehensive after-sales, operational and maintenance services within Lufthansa Technik's international group network. Lufthansa Technik has furthermore extended its local network in Asia in order to be close to its customers.  

17.10.2018

Safran and Lufthansa Technik sign a cooperation agreement for maintenance and repair of A320neo nacelles

MRO Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 17, 2018

Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik today signed a cooperative agreement for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on A320neo nacelles powered by CFM* International LEAP-1A engines. This agreement, signed at the MRO Europe exhibition, aims to provide operators with flexible and cost-effective services based on the expertise of both companies: Safran Nacelles which develops and produces A320neo nacelles, and provides services; and Lufthansa Technik – a leading provider of technical aircraft services in the world.

Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik will combine their expertise to quickly propose to operators the development of repair services approved by airworthiness authorities. The two companies will also rationalize and optimize the use of their respective nacelle end-item stocks worldwide. The results will be increased accessibility and solutions that best match market demand.

"Our joint approach provides operators with innovative repair services covering the entire nacelle, with benefits that include increased availability of their aircraft, optimized material consumption in maintenance, as well as cost advantages," said Olivier Savin, Safran Nacelles' Vice President of Customer Support & Service.

"The nacelle's end-item set – which is composed of the air inlet, fan cowls, thrust reverser, and exhaust nozzle is a considerable investment at an aircraft's early age," said Michael Kirstein, Senior Director - Aircraft Systems at Lufthansa Technik. "With this cooperation, we will be more efficient in offering our customers full availability and quick access to assets, in all world regions - right from an aircraft's entry into service."

Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik are present at this week's MRO Europe exhibition (Safran, on booth #5060; and Lufthansa Technik at booth #3042) through October 18 at the RAI Amsterdam.

 

Images: SAFRAN 

16.10.2018

Total Technical Support for WestJet's new Boeing 787 fleet

First customer for digital platform AVIATAR in the Americas

Canadian airline WestJet has signed a comprehensive Total Technical Support (TTS®) contract with Lufthansa Technik AG for the technical support of its future Boeing 787 fleet. WestJet also becomes the first customer for Lufthansa Technik's digital platform AVIATAR in the Americas. The agreement includes integrated component supply, aircraft production inspections and line maintenance. The airline has ordered ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and has options for another ten jets, with the first aircraft to be delivered to WestJet at the beginning of 2019.

"WestJet's addition of the Boeing 787 plays an important role in growing our global presence," said John Kelly, WestJet Vice President, Technical Operations. "In Lufthansa Technik we have found the ideal partner to support this growth. Their technical support in combination with their digital fleet solution will ensure high aircraft availability from the first day of operation and onward."

Lufthansa Technik will ensure the global and fast supply of components to WestJet's 787 fleet as part of a Total Component Support (TCS®). The contract covers the global availability of 787 components. In addition to a spare parts pooling concept, Lufthansa Technik will also stock inventories at the airline's bases in Calgary and Toronto.

Furthermore, Lufthansa Technik will support WestJet's Dreamliners with line maintenance services at up to ten stations worldwide and support the airline with engineering services such as maintenance planning and troubleshooting. Lufthansa Technik's proprietary Cyclean® system will be used for regular engine washes. Lufthansa Technik experts will also be monitoring and assuring the production quality of the airline's new 787s at the manufacturer's assembly site within the framework of an Aircraft Production Inspection Program (APIP).

"We are very proud that WestJet has decided to put its trust in our comprehensive range of 787 services," said Frank Berweger, Vice President Corporate Sales Americas at Lufthansa Technik. "This contract is a milestone for Lufthansa Technik and our digital MRO platform AVIATAR in the Americas. We will support WestJet in the digital management of their fleet in real time, making operations more predictable and reliable. With AVIATAR, we provide the perfect tool to forecast probabilities of failure of components."

 

Image: Copyright WestJet 

15.10.2018

AVIATAR expands its product range with additional applications

Ten partners and over 1,000 aircraft live on AVIATAR

At this year's MRO Europe in Amsterdam, AVIATAR is presenting three new apps, further expanding its range of digital MRO products and services. Ten partners and customers are now working with AVIATAR and over 1,000 aircraft are live on the platform to benefit from optimization of aircraft availability, reduced consequential costs and safer as well as more reliable fleet operations.

"partsMate" and "marc" are two new app developments that offer a simplified overview of material availability of certain components worldwide and save time and effort, especially in time-critical situations:

partsMate
partsMate grants partners access to a pool of certified components and so enables airlines to simplify their material inventory management and share available parts with others online through loan and exchange transactions. The tool improves material availability, optimizes inventory levels and reduces capital lockup and overall costs.

marc (major asset realtime components)
marc offers the transparent online localization of particularly large spare parts such as inlet cowls, thrust reversers and radomes worldwide. There are only a few of these components on the market, which up to now has made the search complicated and time-consuming. Offers for urgently needed components can be obtained directly in the application. In addition to more common components, marc includes serviceable parts for Airbus A350, A320neo, Boeing 747-8 and 787.

APU Health Management
With the new app, AVIATAR offers its own full-blown application, generated from specific APU performance reports as part of Aircraft Condition Monitoring Systems. The detailed analyses can significantly reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft availability simultaneously.

Lutthansa Technik has established AVIATAR as an open and neutral aviation platform for international cooperation so that airlines, component manufacturers, other MRO providers and leasing companies are in control over their data and can use common interfaces based on a digital twin despite competition.

AVIATAR's cloud-based infrastructure ensures the highest level of data security in accordance with European data protection requirements for customers' and partners' data, including personal data. A Software Development Kit (SDK) is available to all airlines and potential partners to develop their own applications.

From 17th to 18th October, Lufthansa Technik will present AVIATAR at its booth (#3042) at MRO Europe in Amsterdam. Experts from Lufthansa Technik's Digital Fleet Solutions division will be available for detailed information. Further information can also be found at www.lufthansa-technik.com/aviatar or www.aviatar.com. 

10.10.2018

Lufthansa Technik offers 787 landing gear services

Solutions for newest-generation landing gears

Lufthansa Technik AG complements its support portfolio for the Boeing 787 by adding overhaul capabilities and the availability of exchange shipsets for this aircraft type's landing gears. This decision underlines Lufthansa Technik's approach of offering an extremely comprehensive support portfolio for this modern commercial aircraft and continuously extending its services for it. Preparations are underway to initially build up the capability either in Hamburg or at Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK. Customers in the Americas will benefit from expanding this capability also to Lufthansa Technik's Los Angeles-based subsidiary Hawker Pacific Aerospace.

To help with exchanging and repairing landing gears on site, Lufthansa Technik will rely on the mobile Airline Support Team (AST® Landing Gear) service. A new solution to transport the landing gears has also been developed. Lufthansa Technik has designed dedicated transport crates, which will be available to save transportation costs.

As landing gear technology is also advancing, Lufthansa Technik is expanding its technical expertise and creating the required shop capacity. One example of a new landing gear technology is the sliding coating made of tungsten carbide cobalt chrome, which is found on the inner cylinders, among others. This extremely hard and corrosion-resistant layer involves the use of high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spraying, a key technology for working on modern landing gears. The in-house availability of this technology at Lufthansa Technik is the guarantee for reliable, shortened turnaround times and therefore returning best value for money on the provided exchange shipsets as well. Direct access and control of maintenance data will be given through integrating the airline's operating IT to Lufthansa Technik's ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.

With its wide range of services for Boeing 787 landing gears, Lufthansa Technik is taking another big step toward expanding its portfolio for one of the most modern and successful commercial aircraft today.

 

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09.10.2018

Lufthansa Technik performed first base maintenance layovers of Boeing 737 MAX

State-of-the-art connectivity modifications

Lufthansa Technik recently performed the first major connectivity modifications on Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft of an undisclosed customer. The aircraft were modified at Lufthansa Technik Budapest.

The airline customer is currently enlarging its all-Boeing 737 fleet with the newest member of this aircraft family and was looking for a partner to equip the fleet with a state-of-the-art connectivity solution. Lufthansa Technik Budapest was the location of choice to accomplish the layovers within a short and reliable time frame. Over the recent years, the narrowbody base maintenance and modification experts in Budapest have performed this modification many times on Boeing 737 NG aircraft.

During the five-day layovers, several specialized teams were in place to accomplish the modification work. A structures team reinforces the affected skin area to facilitate the installation of the Satellite Antenna Assembly (SAA) and GSM antenna as well as the covering radome. The avionics team installs the cabling, hardware and software of the related connectivity system in the aircraft cabin. Other mechanics provide the necessary access to the cockpit and passenger compartment interior and reinstall all equipment once all work has been finished.

Dietmar Focke, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Budapest, says: "The recent events demonstrate our competence for modification work on the Boeing 737 MAX 8. But this is only the first step. We are currently expanding our services to full base maintenance capabilities for this aircraft type to support operators from scheduled maintenance to aircraft modification all the way to major overhaul events."

Maintenance capability extensions for the 737 MAX at further locations in the Lufthansa Technik network are planned. Lufthansa Technik already offers an extensive range of globally available products and services for the various Boeing 737 types. The spare parts warehouses for the Boeing 737 of the Classic and popular Next Generation versions have been expanded for the 737 MAX to support operators of this aircraft type with component services. And as one of the first MRO providers to support customers as early as in the initial phase of their LEAP engine operations, preparations for the introduction of the LEAP-1B engine are underway with the first shop visit expected in 2019.

 

Image: Copyright Brandon Farris 

08.10.2018

Lufthansa Technik establishes Additive Manufacturing Center

Cooperation with industry partners

Lufthansa Technik has set up an Additive Manufacturing (AM) Center with the aim of bundling and expanding the competence and experience the company has gained using this technology in the past.

Additive manufacturing is often referred to as 3D printing. In addition to an unrivaled degree of freedom in designing the parts, additive manufacturing produces individual parts very quickly – a huge advantage when prototypes or one-off parts must be manufactured. In the highly weight-conscious world of aircraft, the lower weight of parts makes using the AM technology very attractive.

Dr. Aenne Koester, head of the AM Center, explains: "The new AM Center will serve as a collaborative hub where the experience and skills that Lufthansa Technik has gained in additive manufacturing can be bundled and further expanded. The aim is to increase the degree of maturity of the technologies and to develop products that are suitable for production."

As the transfer of a new technology into the highly-regulated world of commercial aircraft operation and MRO poses a challenge, a joint team of Lufthansa Technik experts and AM specialists from numerous industry partners and research institutions develops strategies to support the introduction of this technology. As one example, a cooperation with Oerlikon AM aims at enhancing the understanding of process repeatability, a key element of industrialization and certification. The collaboration will also help drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing forward, as the study results will be shared with relevant industry bodies to support defining standards for the qualification and approval of aircraft components.

 

Image: Copyright Lufthansa Technik 

01.10.2018

Component Support for Air China's Airbus A350 fleet

Support provided to Air China in collaboration with CASC

Lufthansa Technik AG has contracted with China Aviation Supplies Co. Ltd. (CASC) to jointly provide comprehensive component support for Air China's Airbus A350 fleet. The joint 10-year Total Component Support (TCS®) contract by Lufthansa Technik and CASC will cover repair and overhaul of A350 components. Air China, based at Beijing Capital International Airport, is the first operator of this aircraft type in mainland China.

"With Lufthansa Technik, we have established a proven collaboration over the 15 years. As their strategic partner in mainland China, we are more than happy to be able to extend our cooperation to Air China's brand-new A350 fleet," said Tan Kejian, General Manager of CASC.

"This new contract with Air China is a milestone for us. Working together with our longstanding partner CASC, we are able to extend our service range in China with this agreement," said Gerald Steinhoff, Vice President Corporate Sales Asia Pacific of Lufthansa Technik.

 

Image: Copyright Ameco Beijing 

28.09.2018

Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines lay foundation stone for joint MRO shop in Poland

EME Aero will offer MRO services for the Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine family

Lufthansa Technik AG and MTU Aero Engines AG laid the cornerstone for their new joint venture EME Aero in Jasionka, close to Rzeszów city, today – symbolically launching one of the biggest and most advanced GTF MRO service centers worldwide. Pratt & Whitney GTF engines power five regional and narrowbody aircraft platforms, with the A220 and the A320neo family from Airbus and the Embraer E190-E2 already in commercial service. The total investment for the service center is 150 million euros by 2020. Plans are to have the facility – with its 40,000 square meters of workspace – up and running by the end of 2019.

"This joint venture is an important step for Lufthansa Technik and our partner MTU in expanding our respective engine maintenance businesses," states Dr. Johannes Bussmann, CEO of Lufthansa Technik. "That is why this laying of the foundation stone marks an important day, as EME Aero will enable both companies to provide technical support for one of the world's most important aircraft engines. We are convinced that we have found the right location for this joint venture in Poland – our experience with our location in Wroclaw is very encouraging."

Michael Schreyoegg, Chief Program Officer at MTU Aero Engines explains: "Above all, one factor is driving growth in our industry: more passengers are in the air. Year on year, we see flight hour growth rates of more than 6 percent. The Geared Turbofan engine family will serve this growth. It is one of the most advanced propulsion systems in the market and plays an important role in MTU's commercial aircraft business – from an OEM as well as from a maintenance perspective. MTU Aero Engines is looking forward to run on of the world's most efficient maintenance shops for GTF engines and master the upcoming high volume together with Lufthansa Technik. Alongside our subsidiary MTU Aero Engines Polska in the immediate vicinity, this step is part of MTU's global ramp-up plan."

Work on the construction site began in mid-June this year. The area has already been levelled and over 60,000 cubic meters of soil have been moved. The building platform is almost complete and foundation works have begun. The construction site for EME Aero service center consists of about 160,000 square meters; this corresponds to approximately 23 football fields. The construction of the facility, including one of the most advanced test cells worldwide, will be completed by the end of 2019.

"The foundation stone laying ceremony marks the beginning of the transition from plan to reality. The building is growing daily," said Derrick Siebert, Managing Director of Business (CEO) and Board Member, EME Aero. "Two global aviation industry leaders – Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines – are creating a world-leading aircraft engine service center for the PW1000G engine family. EME Aero is investing in the Podkarpackie region in Poland, joining the ever-growing aviation industry in the area – a clear commitment to the region as an attractive place for business and investment. Today, EME Aero not only lays the foundation stone for the new MRO service center, the company also paves the way for the most advanced technologies, world-class solutions as well as the highest standards of quality and safety," adds Mr. Siebert.

"I am delighted that EME Aero is located in Podkarpackie, a region with deep aviation traditions. Here, we can count on qualified employees, a favorable aviation-oriented business environment and university centers and schools for both mechanics and aviation specialists. Our facility will be equipped with the most advanced disassembly, assembly and testing system, which will enable extremely efficient flow line processes," says Dr. Uwe Zachau, Managing Director of Operations (COO) and Board Member, EME Aero.

Around 70 employees are already on board at EME Aero and a total of 1,000 new jobs will be created. The company is investing several million euros in staff training, which will take place in the newly built training center in Jasionka. Each training course will cover a period of several months and combine theory at the center with practical experience at Lufthansa Technik and MTU. The training center will open its doors at the beginning of October. 

24.09.2018

World's first automated steam cleaning system for engine heat exchangers goes into operation

Cleaning method works entirely without chemicals

Lufthansa Technik AG has put the first automated steam cleaning system for engine heat exchangers in the world into operation. The system is an in-house development that makes it possible to clean all heat exchangers found in common engine types without the use of chemical cleaning agents. The method has already been classified as patentable by the German Patent Office. Not only is it far more efficient than the previous practice of cleaning heat exchangers manually; it also saves resources and protects the environment – in the true spirit of Green MRO.

Heat exchangers are located in different places in the engine. They ensure the temperature of the air flow through compressor stages, combustion chamber as well as high and low pressure turbines.

The new system can be adjusted specifically to every heat exchanger and its level of contamination. The cleaning process itself is fully automated. All heat exchangers can be completely cleaned in about an hour instead of the average 16 hours it took previously. Even the most persistent dirt can be removed effortlessly thanks to the system's high cleaning performance. And after being cleaned, the heat exchangers are as good as new and regain their original performance levels.

By linking this ultra-modern system to Lufthansa Technik's Digital Shop Floor, engineers are able to determine from their workstations when the cleaning process is complete and the heat exchanger is ready to be reinstalled in the engine. "This new system not only demonstrates Lufthansa Technik's innovative power; it also marks another milestone on the way to tomorrow's digitally networked engine maintenance," says Project Manager Anna Balka.

 

Images: Copyright Lufthansa Technik 

21.09.2018

Airbus A321 handed over to the German Armed Forces

Delivery on schedule and within budget to the Federal Office of Defence Procurement

On Friday, Lufthansa Technik AG handed over a converted Airbus A321 to the German Armed Forces in the presence of Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki, National Armaments Director of the Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg), and Gabriele Korb, Director-General of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). In addition to military missions, the aircraft is also used for political/parliamentary purposes.

On the customer side BAAINBw was responsible for the procurement and on-schedule and on-budget conversion of the former Lufthansa aircraft named "Neustadt an der Weinstraße". BAAINBw had awarded the contract with a total volume of around €90 million to Lufthansa Technik following a public tender at the beginning of 2017.

In addition to the purchase of the aircraft and its conversion, the contract also included the procurement of spare parts and logistical support to ensure operational readiness as well as the adaptation of the aircraft to the requirements of the BMVg's Special Air Mission Wing.

"Past experience has already shown that joint projects between Bundeswehr and Lufthansa Technik have always been implemented very professionally and smoothly," said Constanze Hufenbecher, Chief Financial Officer of Lufthansa Technik. "We are delighted that this tradition has continued with the conversion of this aircraft and that we have been able to keep the cost and time schedule".
She added: "I would like to thank our partners from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support for their trust and wish the Special Air Mission Wing of the Federal Ministry of Defence "always happy landings" with this A321. At the same time, I would like to explicitly thank our employees for their great commitment. They have thus made a decisive contribution to the successful completion of this project".

In around 18 months of layover time, the Airbus was initially completely overhauled and received 180 modifications. In addition to the airframe, the landing gear and the auxiliary power unit were also overhauled. From a technical point of view, the 18-year-old aircraft is now in mint condition. A flight kit with selected spare parts and tools will make the A321 self-sufficient for flights to remote regions in the future.

Subsequently, the aircraft was equipped with a VIP cabin and additional systems, such as antennas for extended communication options. Two additional fuel tanks and a further water tank extend the range to about 5,000 km. The aircraft can carry up to 84 passengers, 14 in the VIP area and 70 in the delegation area. For this purpose, the take-off weight was increased by four tons. In addition, the Airbus received the corresponding paintwork of the medium and long-haul fleet of the Special Air Mission Wing of the BMVg.

The new aircraft cabin is strongly based on the modern and functional design of the Airbus A319 and A340 of the BMVg's Special Air Mission Wing, which are already in flight operation. Therefore a similar layout as well as the same materials and surfaces were used. The cabin is divided into different areas for government members and their staff, as well as for accompanying delegations.

The cabin is also designed in such a way that part of the delegation area can be converted into a flying ambulance station with intensive medical care facilities (MedEvac) as well as additional oxygen and separate power supply. This means that two wounded, injured or sick persons can be transported under medical supervision.

In cooperation with Lufthansa Technical Training and Lufthansa Aviation Training, technical and flying personnel are currently also being qualified for this new aircraft type. 

Lufthansa Technik and the German Armed Forces have been working together successfully for a long time on cabin modifications and maintenance work for the aircraft of the Special Air Mission Wing of the BMVg. Lufthansa Technik currently provides support with various technical services. These range from maintenance management to the maintenance of aircraft, engines and components, as well as spare parts supply, to the provision and revision of aviation and technical documentation.

 

 

Images: Copyright Lufthansa Technik

  

18.09.2018

Norwegian signs comprehensive engine services contract

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

The Norwegian Air Shuttle Group and Lufthansa Technik have signed a contract extending an existing Total Engine Support (TES®) contract. The agreement, signed on 17 September at the airline's headquarters in Oslo, covers all-inclusive services for the CFM56-7B engines powering the airline's current fleet of 115 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

According to the contract, for the next five years Lufthansa Technik will cover all planned and unplanned shop visits at its highly dedicated CFM56 engine shop in Hamburg, Germany. The agreement also includes 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. In addition, the contract includes the regular use of Lufthansa Technik's proprietary Cyclean® Engine Wash and on-site services such as Airline Support Team AST® Engines as well as the use of the portable aerotracer device.

 "We are very pleased to have signed this contract, which lays the joint foundation for a successful continued partnership with Lufthansa Technik," said Asgeir Nyseth, Chief Operating Officer of Norwegian. "In the past, we have always been able to rely on their support which guarantees us the highest technical reliability we need for our demanding flight operations."

"The contract signed with Norwegian early is definite proof of our performance," says Dr. Johannes Bussmann, Chief Executive Officer Lufthansa Technik, at the signing ceremony. "The powerful combination of high-performance shop visits and our extensive engine lease management ensures maximum availability and reliability for our long-standing customer in a dynamic market."

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

 

Image: Copyright Norwegian Air Shuttle 

13.09.2018

Enhanced services and support for Bombardier business aircraft in Russia

The Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services Moscow facility, based at Vnukovo – 3 (VKO), has been added to Bombardier's worldwide service network as a line maintenance Authorized Service Facility (ASF) and official parts provider for Russia.

The support provided at the facility includes a seamless parts supply system, which is expected to directly benefit customers by reducing downtime and increasing aircraft utilization. Additional services offered at the facility include local stock of parts in high demand, full-scale line maintenance services to all owners and operators of Bombardier aircraft within the region, performance of warranty work and AOG services.

The facility will provide support for Bombardier's Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft in the region.

Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services VKO will procure parts and arrange for the immediate clearance through Russian customs and transportation to the Moscow facility to ensure the required parts are on-hand and immediately available when needed. Along with its cooperative partner VTS Jets, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services VKO provides full-scale line maintenance services to customers in Moscow. AOG services are available throughout Russia and the CIS region. 

04.09.2018

Lufthansa Technik Supervisory Board appoints new Head of Technical Operations, Logistics & IT

Sören Stark (51) is moving to Lufthansa Technik from Lufthansa Cargo

Today, the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG appointed Sören Stark (51) to the Executive Board, effective 1 January 2019. Stark will be responsible for the areas Fleet Services, Base Maintenance, Components, Logistics, IT and Quality Management.

Stark, who holds an advanced degree in industrial engineering, will take over from Dr. Thomas Stüger (61) who is retiring at the end of 2018 after 14 years as a Member of the Executive Board.

Sören Stark has worked at various Lufthansa Group companies since 2001 and has been in charge of the Operations division at Lufthansa Cargo as a Member of the Executive Board since 2016. Before that, he held positions as Head of Aircraft Overhaul and Logistics Services at Lufthansa Technik, among others. Sören Stark began his career with Lufthansa at LSG Sky Chefs in 2001, heading flight service operations in Frankfurt.  

The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo will appoint a successor for Sören Stark in the near future.
 
Dr. Thomas Stüger will be retiring at the end of this year after over 25 years with Lufthansa Technik. He helped shape the successful course of the company, most notably in advancing its internationalization. When he retires, he will have been a Member of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Technik for more than 14 years, after heading, among other things, the areas Information Systems, Component Logistics and Aircraft Maintenance.

 

Images:
Dr. Thomas Stueger - Copyright Lufthansa Technik
Soeren Stark - Copyright Lufthansa Cargo 

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."

 

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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.

 

 

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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.
 

 

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