Lufthansa Technik presents integrated system solutions
Innovation, engineering, production and maintenance under one roof
Travel experience instead of mere transportation. Lufthansa Technik AG is presenting one-stop service for cabin products at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. For in-flight entertainment, lighting concepts, medical care or seating configurations, with its unique capabilities as an innovative development, production and maintenance organization gained from six decades of experience in day-to-day operations, the Hamburg-based company has set itself the goal of becoming the world's top address for new cabin innovations.
During the past year, Lufthansa Technik bundled all its activities related to the development and production of cabin products in its Original Equipment Innovation (OEI) division, establishing the organizational basis for the expansion of its position as a manufacturing operation. All products offered by Lufthansa Technik as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) will be developed, planned, manufactured and sold by this new product division headed by Andrew Muirhead.
Over 130 interdisciplinary experts from all over the world work in the unit, combining creativity and hands-on engineering. Depending on their projects, they are supported not only by the extensive capabilities of the in-house engineering unit and the VIP and Base Maintenance interior workshops but also by highly specialized laboratories and interdivisional innovation teams, making Lufthansa Technik able to network skills and flexibly allocate capacity as needed in a way that is unique in the industry. Just recently, the company's funding for research and innovation was quadrupled in a project initially slated to run until 2018. Since April innovation has been under the direct supervision of the new Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik, Dr. Johannes Bussmann.
"We are combining our innovative power with our expertise and capabilities as a production and maintenance operation to produce for our customers exactly the products they need in order to give their passengers the ideal travel experience," says Andrew Muirhead in describing his expectations of his team and of himself.
"For an airline, the aircraft cabin is one of the most significant factors in customer perception and differentiation. Passengers want to enjoy the benefits of new products and experiences more and more often. That offers us a significant opportunity, because due to our MRO and airline experience, we understand the possibilities for implementing and integrating modern systems in cabins and aircraft better than just about anybody else, and we can turn ideas into reality faster than others do. All the expertise in airline requirements, VIP cabin interiors, flight operations, maintenance and much more from throughout Lufthansa Technik comes together in our division."
Among other things, at the 2015 Aircraft Interiors Expo, Andrew Muirhead and his team will be presenting: »chair«, a completely new concept in seating, a solution for integrating tablets and similar devices in aircraft seats, and the premiere of the next-generation Patient Transport Unit (PTU).
World Premier Appearance of Mercedes-Benz Style VIP Cabin
Monaco Yacht Show 2016
On the occasion of the Monaco Yacht Show 2016, Lufthansa Technik and Mercedes-Benz Style are presenting the final version of their advanced VIP aircraft cabin design to the public for the first time ever. Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services Division offers the Mercedes-Benz Style VIP aircraft cabin for private jets with the size of an Airbus or Boeing aircraft.
Potential customers and interested media visiting the event in Monte Carlo will have the opportunity to see the complete cabin in a virtual 3D-presentation at Lufthansa Technik's stand located close to the main entrance "Parvis Piscine". A scaled physical 3D-model and material samples of the surfaces in the cabin are supplementing the presentation of a unique product in the VIP aircraft market.
The approval to offer the product officially marks a major milestone in the long-term cooperation between Mercedes-Benz and Lufthansa Technik. The innovative business partnership focuses on the demand of VIPs and private jet owners, who wish to travel in-style and world-wide. Together, the two German companies offer a unique and luxurious mobility solution for travelers in the air.
"With the yacht and the aircraft cabin we have transferred our philosophy of Sensual Purity to the ship and aircraft design," said Gorden Wagener, Head of Design of Daimler AG. "The creation was an inspiring challenge and we have created products that reveal a perfect contemporary luxury – hot and cool."
"It is a great pleasure to present the new Mercedes-Benz Style Cabin to our customers, who want to see state of the art designs for their private jets," says Wieland Timm, Vice President Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik. "The two companies combine top design excellence with top technical expertise and therefore have been able to realize a unique aircraft cabin. The cooperation with Daimler AG allows us to present design concepts which will give our clients the peace of mind to invest into an iconic design without equal in the market. In order to maximize and to protect the value of the cabin and the aircraft Lufthansa Technik also offers all the services required to this private jet of the future.
The cabin features a modern design combined with latest communication and aircraft interior technology throughout the aircraft:
The entrance area in the front features a welcoming, open entrée, a kitchen (galley) for live cooking and a séparée as well as a VIP bathroom (lavatory). In the aft part of the cabin a separate entertainment zone has been combined with the en-suite private area. The open design of the bath- and bed room is a distinct feature conceived around a free standing shower with transparent side walls. The luxurious king size bed is highlighted by the concave shaped and upholstered head wall.
The unique helix structure, a dynamic spiral layout, is the central design theme extending throughout the aircraft from the entrance all the way to the bedroom. This creates new, independent spatial zones without the typical arrangement of lining and wall elements. The VIP aircraft, which could seat 150 passengers in airline configuration, is designed for 16 VIP passengers.
Both companies have been working on the design of this innovative, luxurious and integrated cabin concept since the announcement of the cooperation at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2015. Led by Lufthansa Technik's engineering team, the designers have updated the initial design concept to fully match the requirements of airworthiness and certification.
Relief-aid goods on their way to Puerto Rico
70 tons of drinking water and over 10 tonnes of foodstuffs and apparel on-board
Today, the Lufthansa Group deployed an MD 11 Cargo Aircraft from Frankfurt Airport to Aguadilla, on the West Coast of Puerto Rico. Situated in this region is Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico with 400 colleagues, residing in the local communities nearby, are still suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Lufthansa Group is determined to bring supplies to this region in order to join the humanitarian efforts throughout the island.
The Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD 11 Aircraft departed today under the Flight Number LH8830 from Frankfurt Airport, Germany at 20:40h Central European Time. After a refueling stopover at Atlanta Airport, the Flight will proceed to Rafael Hernández International Airport in Puerto Rico. It is scheduled to arrive there on Sunday, 07:20h local time.
The Lufthansa Cargo Aircraft is loaded with 80 tons of drinking water, apparel, food provisions and hygienic supplies – in fact, a combination of the items desperately needed at the location. The Lufthansa Group is working closely with the local U.S. Authorities there to obtain the necessary coordination and support for this comprehensive relief-aid operation. In Germany, participants of this relief effort have predominantly been: Hassia, the Metro Group, as well as LSG Skychefs with donations. Kühne&Nagel, Georgi and orgalog helped with transport services. This project was organized and implemented by HelpAlliance, the charitable aid organization of the Lufthansa Group.
"We are standing by our colleagues and the U.S. population in Puerto Rico during these trying times. It is especially in moments of crisis, that we as an enterprise all pull together and lend support to our colleagues and the local surrounding communities near our Puerto Rico location and affected by this tragedy," said Dr. Johannes Bussmann, the president of the management board of Lufthansa Technik AG (LLC).
The Lufthansa ‘Technik' Facility in Puerto Rico (LTPR) was opened in February 2014 in Aguadilla, and has specialized in the service and maintenance of aircraft types, such as the Airbus A320 family. Initial orders came from some of the main U.S. carriers, and this caused the service site to develop rapidly in becoming one of the more important provider for aircraft overhaul for the United States. Additionally, ‘LTPR' introduced the first training program for the United States Department of Labor in the servicing, maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft. The program is being run in conjunction with the Aeronautical and Aerospace Institute of Puerto Rico, a non-profit corporate subsidiary of the University of Puerto Rico.
Signed in June of this year, the apprenticeship program enhances the relationship between the entire Lufthansa Group, the Island and the United States. It serves not only the local aviation industry, but is meant to serve as an example to other parts of the country.
"As a close partner of Puerto Rico, we are not only lending backup support for the workforce of ‘Lufthansa Technik' and their families locally, but also for the communities in the vicinity, who have been working together with us also closely and with confidence from day one," stated Dr. Bussmann. Since the inception of the hurricane damage, the location has received assistance from customers of ‘LTPR': ‘Spirit Airlines' and ‘jetBlue', who have their aircraft serviced by the Technical Station. A freight space was immediately made available for minimum relief requirements. "We must really thank our partners and friends of ‘Spirit' and ‘jetBlue'. It is comforting to know that one can depend on friends during difficult occasions," said Johannes Bussmann.
Still sealed? Mobile vacuum procedure replaces cabin pressure tests
Detection of even the smallest leaks at windows
Lufthansa Technik AG has developed a mobile procedure in the framework of its research and development activities that allows even the smallest leaks at doors and windows in the aircraft cabin to be located. The Vacuum Leak Check allows in-flight pressure differences of an aircraft to be simulated on the ground without any significant effort. The new procedure will replace the existing time-consuming process of activating the cabin pressurization system.
The windows and doors to be examined are closed during the Vacuum Leak Check and covered from the outside by a special textile fiber as well as an airtight latex film with hose fittings. Air is then pumped out from between the latex film and the fuselage to create a vacuum. Even the smallest leaks can now be localized precisely in the interior of the cabin by means of a leak detector.
"The new vacuum procedure excludes the possibility of other error sources and reduces process times significantly. The ground times of the respective aircraft are consequently also shortened. Moreover, less working time is needed and therefore costs reduced as only two instead of four employees are required to carry out the work," says Stefan Mehler, Innovation Project Manager for Aircraft Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik.
The test equipment can be stowed in a practical toolbox so that the Vacuum Leak Check can be used flexibly anywhere for selective identification and resolution of errors.
Digital inspection procedure for engine components industrialized
From research project to industrialization: AutoInspect in productive use
Lufthansa Technik AG has industrialized the automated inspection procedure for engine components that the company developed in-house. The concept system that was produced during the AutoInspect R&D project is now in productive use. AutoInspect is a robot-based procedure that performs digital crack inspections on engine components with the help of high-end sensors.
The optical measurement procedure not only improves crack detection but also further increases process reliability. "Thanks to the AutoInspect procedure, we now have repair-relevant information available in digital form for all components throughout their product life cycle. This makes our engine component repairs even more efficient and thus also benefits our customers," says Michael Ernst, AutoInspect Project Manager at Lufthansa Technik.
The newly developed inspection procedure is currently being made robust enough for industrial use. In addition, it is being rolled out for other combustor components in engines of the CFM56 and CF34 families. In mid-2018, the AutoInspect procedure and the automated repair procedure AutoRep are set to be combined into a process chain.
10 years of engine servicing at N3 Engine Overhaul Services
Successful strategic partnership between Lufthansa Technik and Rolls-Royce
N3 Engine Overhaul Services (N3), the joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and Rolls-Royce plc. for the maintenance and repair of aircraft engines, celebrated its 10-year operating anniversary with a ceremony. Since April 2007, the Rolls-Royce Trent engines have been overhauled at the facility at Arnstadt, Germany. Since October 2016, the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB, the world's most efficient civil large engine flying today and the powerplant for the A350 XWB, has also been in the portfolio.
The company initially began operations in 2007 with 270 employees. Now, 600 specialists work at N3, 350 of which were able to pass the aeronautical qualification programme designed specifically for the company. There are currently more than 40 international airlines among the customers serviced by N3 on behalf of Rolls-Royce. Since 2007, N3 has overhauled more than 800 engines from the Trent 500 (A340), Trent 700 (A330) and Trent 900 (A380) model ranges. With the new Trent XWB (A350 XWB) engine, output will increase from the current 100 engines per year to 150 - 200 engines per year in the coming years. This year it will already be 130 engines.
Alexander Stern, Director and General Manager, N3 Engine Overhaul Services: "N3 has developed from the newcomer in the industry to one of the leading companies in the servicing of Rolls-Royce Trent engines. In international competition, we stand by our delivery reliability, excellent quality and outstandingly trained workforce." Stern further praised the excellent location conditions in Thuringia: "The central location in Germany and Europe, the excellent infrastructure and the specialists were and still are important factors for the successful development of the company."
On behalf of federal and regional government, Dr Wolfgang Scheremet, Head of the Department of Industrial Policy at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringia's Minister of Economy, Science and Digital Society, honoured the commitment of the parent companies in the Free State and the productivity of the model company.
Head of Department Dr Scheremet: "N3 is a real success story and represents an investment in the future of the German Site for Industry and Advanced Technology. Thuringia – like the whole of Germany – is a great place for investments and innovation. I hope that the success of N3 will set a precedent and inspire others to emulate it, as they continue to add value and bring job opportunities to new locations across Germany."
Thuringia's Minister of Economy, Science and Digital Society Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee took part in the opening of the site in 2007, when he was the Federal Minister for Transport. He praised N3 as one of the region's most fruitful investments: "All the best on the company's 10th birthday. The setup of N3 is extremely sound, allowing it to transcend the borders of Thuringia. In its 10 years of existence in Thuringia, N3 has expanded to a stable size and developed into a reliable and important part of Thuringia's economy. Through quality, high levels of efficiency and the most modern equipment, the site has been able to broaden its client base and thereby more than double the number of its employees. The site is renowned not least for its strength in the training of aircraft mechanics, which allows it to cover the demand for specialist workers. I am confident that N3 will continue its outstanding development in the future."
For the parent companies, the joint enterprise formed the beginning of a strategic partnership in the field of engine servicing.
Dr. Johannes Bussmann, chairman of Lufthansa Technik, emphasised: "With N3, Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Technik have set a new benchmark for international cooperation in engine MRO. We are proud of having been able to offer the best quality in the overhaul of Trent engines for the past ten years. With the expanded capacity for the new Trent XWB engine type the company is well equipped for the future."
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: "We are proud to have worked with Lufthansa Technik to establish N3 as a leading overhaul facility for Rolls-Royce engines in Europe. Their consistently high standards and dependable turn around times play a critical role in making it easier for our customers to plan their own operations. N3 doesn't just overhaul engines though, it also plays a role in the broader Rolls-Royce CareNetwork, competing with other shops to repair Trent components that will be fitted to engines being overhauled elsewhere in the network."
Soon every seventh engine specialist from own training
In the future, the company expects a moderate increase in employment. By continually training aircraft mechanics in the field of engine technology, N3 is able to secure its need for specialists largely by itself. Since 2008, N3 has trained approximately 12 aircraft mechanics in the field of engine technology every year. So far, 54 young men and women have finished their training and found permanent positions at N3. There are currently another 40 young men and women undertaking training at N3. Last year, for the first time, a cohort of future warehouse logistics specialists began.
Servicing and component repair "best in class"
Thuringians are leaders in the use of vertical building techniques which enable precise and non-destructive disassembly and assembly of engine modules. With the help of electronic and mechanic lifting platforms, mechanics work on all four types of engine efficiently and ergonomically. Furthermore, the engine test station in Arnstadt is one of the most advanced and powerful facilities in the world. Over the years of repairing engine assemblies / components, N3 qualified for a range of special repairs (source-controlled repairs) that are authorised and controlled directly by Rolls-Royce. An in-house engineering division allows for continuous improvement and sustainable further development of the processes and the introduction of new and innovative repair technologies. In terms of tool development, N3 also developed some solutions and established them as best practices in the Rolls-Royce network.
Fifteen years of Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen
Big anniversary celebration paves the way to the future
It is a German-Chinese success story straight from a textbook: Today, high-ranking guests from politics and public administration joined customers, management and employees to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Lufthansa Technik Group's high-tech Asia Pacific subsidiary, Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen. The celebration took place at the company's workshops at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.
Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen was initially founded for the sole purpose of providing regional repairs of difficult-to-transport thrust reversers. Now the company and its roughly 600 employees support customers throughout the Asia Pacific region with component repairs, Airframe Related Components (ARC®), engine part repairs and many different Airline Support Team (AST®) services that are provided at customer sites.
The company has extensive know-how, for example in the repair of complex components made of fiber-reinforced composites. This and its state-of-the-art equipment, ranging from a large autoclave to test instruments for latest-generation avionics components, helped Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen become the technology center of the Lufthansa Technik Group in Asia in a very short time. The company also supports numerous customer fleets with component supplies through its own pool warehouse and comprehensive material management services.
Business began in 2002 with 40 employees and a workshop area of 6,300 square meters. The company estimated optimistically that it would employ around 100 people once the development phase was concluded, and planned to repair up to ten thrust reverser halves of the then-common CFM56-3 engine per month. As of April 2017, this joint venture between Lufthansa Technik (80 percent) and Beijing Kailan Aviation Technology (20 percent) has some 600 employees, a good 25,000 square meters of workshops and is looking to grow even further – both in quantity and quality.
"Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen is a prime example within our Group of the long-term success you can achieve through strategic action, cooperative partnerships and great dedication," said Dr. Thomas Stueger, member of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Technik, during the official ceremony. "I congratulate the entire team on this success and am sure that we will reach an ideal basis here for more profitable growth for the benefit of our customers and the region."
"We have great plans for the future," confirmed Detlev Jeske, Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen. "Currently we already offer services for more than 3,000 part numbers, but we intend to add even more. And we will also expand our portfolio of mobile services. Our aim is to become the central point of contact for our customers in every aspect of the reliable technical operation of their fleets." Jeske thanked politicians, administrators, the company's customers and his team for fifteen years of excellent teamwork. "Such successful cooperation is based on high esteem and mutual trust."
During its most recent expansion phase, Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen built facilities to support the latest aircraft types Airbus A350, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787. Among other things, the company invested in another autoclave with a diameter of over five meters to accommodate the large composite-material components used in these aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen has approvals from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the responsible aviation authorities of almost all the countries in the Asia Pacific region.
16g certification testing for »chair« successfully completed
Ability to choose from thousands of possible configurations
Lufthansa Technik AG's new seating concept, »chair«, has passed all 16g and 9g certification tests for forward and aft facing installations. This certification allows owners, operators, and designers to choose from thousands of possible »chair« configurations to match the need of a particular cabin environment. The ETSO (European Technical Standard Orders) / TSO (Technical Standard Orders) certificate is in process and will be issued over the next few months.
The »chair« is based on an innovative pedestal design upon which is mounted a baseline core skeleton or structure. This certified pedestal and structure is intentionally left incomplete, allowing designers to create a »chair« to meet the particular needs of a particular cabin – dining room, video lounge, office, bedroom, etc. Not only the height, width, and depth, but also the overall "look-and-feel" can be configured. The shape, upholstery, and padding can be selected to allow for an uncompromised interior design under one certification.
An innovative certification process allows the Lufthansa Technik experts to validate changes to the »chair« without intensive re-testing. Testing was designed and passed to maximum dynamic load cases. This enables changes to be classified as minor deviations under the umbrella of an existing ETSO/TSO.
The benefit of »chair« is not only an artistic interpretation, it also permits a variety of design options which in the past were not possible. The »chair« family concept will save space, optimize weight, and create a more ergonomic interior.
Lufthansa Technik achieves further milestones in Asia Pacific
More than 100 Airbus A350s under contract already
More than 100 Airbus A350s under contract already
Offices and logistics centers opened throughout the region
Local presence of top management
The Lufthansa Technik Group celebrates the first year anniversary of the establishment of Lufthansa Technik Component Services Asia Pacific in Hong Kong. The move last year facilitated the expansion of the component division's presence in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The new regional set-up has been contributing greatly to the success of the component division over the last 12 months. Looking at the new Airbus A350 alone, material supply contracts for more than 100 aircraft have already been signed.
By now, the Group's component division has almost 300 employees across the APAC region, including Hong Kong, Shenzhen and India, to support the growth of business. The regional logistics centers are located in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, contributing to the division's extensive network in Asia.
Lufthansa Technik Component Services Asia Pacific was founded in September 2016 with the aim of widening the component division's footprint across the region and offering customer support and component supply services in closer proximity to the customers. In the past year alone, there were more than 30 new hires in the APAC headquarters. The warehouse in Hong Kong has already reached its capacity limit and is therefore due to undergo further expansion. Important management positions have been shifted from Germany to the region with Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn, Vice President Component Services for Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik, in Hong Kong.
"Lufthansa Technik Component Services Asia Pacific is located at the heart of the fastest growing aviation market in the world. With the local network of Lufthansa Technik production facilities and access to the global know-how of our company, we are able to offer our customers complete solutions when it comes to technical services," says Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn.
"With Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen, we are already the market leader for many repair services, and it is our aim to extend this position to other areas."
The APAC region plays a central role in the growth strategy of Lufthansa Technik. In 2016 alone, the Group's APAC revenue grew by 22 percent to around 600 million euros. This dynamic development is continuing: More than 500 aircraft from over 30 customers in the APAC region are under long-term exclusive contracts for component services with Lufthansa Technik.
Lufthansa Technik now has representative offices in China, Japan, Singapore, India, Thailand and the Philippines. An office will soon be opened in Taiwan as well. Together with Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen as an important repair facility and the strengthening of local workforce in the APAC region, the Lufthansa Technik Group is geared up for further regional growth in the area of components.
25 years of engine parts repair at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon
Center of excellence in the EPAR network invests in its future
Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The company is part of the global Engine Parts and Accessories Repair (EPAR) network of Lufthansa Technik, the leading provider of maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services for commercial aircraft engines.
In the last 25 years, the company has developed a leadership position as a Center of Excellence for the repair of high pressure turbine shrouds and high and low pressure turbine nozzles with a focus on CFM56 series, GE CF6-80 and CF34 engines. The fully-owned Lufthansa Technik subsidiary offers its services to a large customer base, including leading manufacturers, engine shops and part traders.
"We are proud of the achievements of the past 25 years and we are preparing for the future," said Oezguer Yesilkaya, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon. "Our industry is currently experiencing its biggest ever transformation with the highest amount of new civil aircraft engine types being introduced to the market. Cooperation with the manufacturers is key for our future. We are investing in new technologies, automation and improvement initiatives to support current market requirements and also to gear up for the future expectations that will guarantee our success for the next 25 years."
With great team spirit in a lean production environment, collaborative OEM relationships and ongoing investment in equipment, training and product development, Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon will further strengthen its position as a Center of Excellence for engine parts repair. The company is also engaged in a number of joint repair development projects with leading manufacturers.
The Irish company was initially founded as Shannon Turbine Technologies. The 8,000-square-meter purpose-built facility was constructed on a green field to provide engine parts repair, licensed by the OEMs General Electric and CFMI International. It was acquired by Lufthansa Technik Group in 1996. Renamed Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon, the company has grown significantly with over 200 employees, successfully overhauling thousands of GE and CFMI engine parts along the way.
LTLGS UK overhauls the 25th landing gear set of Boeing 777-300ER
Important milestone in overhaul operations
Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK (LTLGS) has overhauled the 25th Landing Gear set of the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft type. This important milestone in overhaul operations of the latest Boeing 777 product introduction, reached at LTLGS facility in Hayes, near London, United Kingdom, makes LTLGS the most experienced overhaul provider of this Landing Gear type.
Landing gear overhauls become due every ten years on each aircraft in accordance with the maintenance program. As for the end of 2015, there will be 34 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in operations which are ten years old or older and which are scheduled to receive a complete landing gear overhaul. 25 Landing Gear shipsets overhauled by LTLGS for leading European, Middle Eastern and Japanese operators, account approximately 70% of the total world-wide overhaul market share of this type of landing gear.
LTLGS was the first in the market to overhaul Boeing 777-300ER landing gears. The experience gained allows LTLGS to predict accurate TAT, which is backed by the actual data received from already overhauled shipsets. Being the first in the market, LTLGS went through the learning curve and has established very stable overhaul process for the landing gears of the most popular Boeing 777 aircraft type.
"Our customers are expecting the most robust MRO solutions, maintaining the highest level of reliability and quality operations. The successful experience on previous Boeing 777-300ER programs, gives us a very high level of confidence in our capability to achieve performance criteria set by our customers. These facts are also a perfect foundation to support future demand and continues business developments, especially when the latest generation aircraft, are yet to come to Landing Gear Overhaul Market" – says LTLGS Managing Director Sandra Eckstein.
LTLGS has a capability to overhaul all modern Boeing aircraft landing gears and has supported Boeing 777s from the very beginning of market introduction, gaining a wealth of technical experience and extensive repair capabilities for Boeing 777s landing Gears. Since 2003 to date, LTLGS have performed over 200 Boeing 777 Landing gear ship sets overhauls in total of all variants and weight configuration.
Well prepared for technical support of the Boeing 737 MAX
Full featured product portfolio for ensuring smooth operation
When the new Boeing 737 MAX commences regular flight operation as planned next year, Lufthansa Technik will be well prepared to provide technical support for the most recent member of the Boeing 737 family.
Backed by its extensive expertise in the introduction of new aircraft types, Lufthansa Technik will provide a full featured product portfolio for ensuring smooth operation of the Boeing 737 MAX from the very outset. This includes a broad range of maintenance services for components, from individual repair to loan and exchange parts from regional spare parts warehouses through to the most comprehensive and integrated Total Support products.
Lufthansa Technik already offers an extensive range of globally available products and services for operators of the various Boeing 737 types. The spare parts warehouses for the Boeing 737 of the Classic and current Next Generation versions, which are established within easy reach of the customer, are to be extended in the process for the 737 MAX. For the operators of the new medium-haul aircraft, this means availability of material supply matching the high quality standards of Lufthansa Technik with fast response and turnaround times.
The Boeing 737 MAX will be powered exclusively by CFM LEAP-1B engines, whose maintenance – as with the current CFM56 engines – will likewise be included in the Lufthansa Technik portfolio.
When it comes to the Americas, which represents the largest market for the Boeing 737, Lufthansa Technik offers services specially tailored to local customer requirements. The company takes account of this market with regional customer service teams, sales offices and material pools at various locations on the continent as well as a 24/7 hotline for non-routine defects (Aircraft on Ground, AOG), which is based in Southern Florida.
The MRO provider's subsidiary Lufthansa Technik Component Services (LTCS) in Oklahoma is also well positioned in terms of aircraft components thanks to its broadly diversified service portfolio – in particular this also includes testing, repair and overhaul of components. The new American location for aircraft overhauls, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, which commenced operation in November 2015, will also offer overhaul services for Boeing 737 aircraft to North and South American airlines from 2017 in addition to the Airbus A320 family.
With the introduction of the new aircraft, Lufthansa Technik will guarantee smooth operation from day one in its role as integrator. Lufthansa Technik has already been able to demonstrate its accumulated experience and expertise in the introduction of new aircraft types on many occasions, as for example recently with the introduction of the Airbus A350 in January 2015 as well as the entry into service of the Airbus A320neo with Lufthansa in January 2016.
Lufthansa Technik delivers second VVIP Boeing 747-8
Aircraft has now been delivered to an undisclosed customer
Lufthansa Technik's Completion Center has finished the VVIP cabin conversion of the second Boeing 747-8 in Hamburg. The aircraft has now been delivered to an undisclosed customer. Another aircraft of this type is currently undergoing completion. Lufthansa Technik AG has at times equipped three 747-8 in parallel.
In the past the company equipped fourteen aircraft of the predecessors to the current Boeing 747-8 and is thus the leading provider for this aircraft type throughout the entire industry. "The delivery of this second 747-8 is another milestone for us in the area of VVIP completions for widebody aircraft. We have handed over an individually designed, state-of-the-art aircraft fitted with high-quality materials to meet the most discerning demands in terms of exclusivity and comfort," says Walter Heerdt, Senior Vice President VIP & Executive Jet Solutions. "The many years' experience with different aircraft types, our innovative strength and the passion of our employees has enabled us to set new standards."
The cutting edge design of the 440 square meter cabin contrasts strongly with classic design. In addition to many new features and innovations, materials were also used for the first time that posed significant challenges for the engineers. The integrated cabin management and on-board entertainment system offers the latest standard in entertainment and communication. This includes, for example, broadband Internet, GSM, WLAN, Live TV and satellite communication.
Lufthansa Technik supports the aircraft of Lufthansa German Airlines as well as the aircraft of many international customers, including a large number of VIP and government aircraft. As a result the company has in-depth expertise and many years' experience in the maintenance and repair of the widest range of aircraft types, including the Boeing 747 family.
In addition to equipping VIP aircraft, Lufthansa Technik also offers custom-tailored logistics and maintenance services for VIP customers. A total of more than 80 medium and long-haul aircraft have already been completed by this Lufthansa Technik product division. A large number of these aircraft continues to be supported in the framework of maintenance and logistics services.
First 787 VIP cabin completion for Lufthansa Technik
Project start scheduled for 2018
Lufthansa Technik has received an order for a VIP cabin cabin completion for a Boeing 787-8. The contract of an undisclosed customer is the first completion for this aircraft type for Lufthansa Technik. The project is scheduled to start in 2018.
Tailored to the customer's specific requirements the aircraft will receive an elegant VIP design. The private section includes a representative office area, a bathroom and a bedroom. The following section combines a dining and conference area. In the rear sector of the aircraft, a delegation seating in different classes will be integrated.
"With the conclusion of this completion contract, we are closing the final gap in our expertise for the Boeing 787," said Wieland Timm, Senior Director Sales, VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik. "Our existing experience for this type of aircraft in the fields of modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul is a valuable basis for the equipment of this special VIP aircraft."
To date, Lufthansa Technik has provided technical services to more than 100 Boeing 787 from various commercial and VIP 787 operators. The portfolio also includes engineering services and spare parts supply.
Lufthansa Technik develops cabin concept for Airbus A330 MRTT
Four cabin configurations for the A330-200 Multi Role Transport Tanker version
Experts from the Lufthansa Technik VIP & Special Mission Aircraft division have developed a cabin concept for the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft (MRTT). Four different configurations - "State", "Governor", "Rescue" and "Trooper" - as well as new usage possibilities can be realized. Lufthansa Technik has already gained a customer for the "Governor" configuration. Some 30 A330 MRTT aircraft have been ordered or are already in service with various air forces.
"Aircraft used for civil or military purposes must meet different requirements depending on the situation," said Wieland Timm, Senior Director Sales, VIP and Special Mission at Lufthansa Technik. "We have therefore developed cabin layouts for four particularly frequent deployment scenarios, which will enable significantly more intensive and improved use of the aircraft in the future. The combined civil and military approval permits fast deployment of the machines for their respective missions. Our approximately 60 years of experience in equipping VIP and special mission aircraft and an intensive coordination with current and potential civilian and military customers form the basis for this unique utilization concept."
The "State" and "Governor" variants are designed for the transport of head-of-states, government members and delegations. "State" is designed as a flying government office containing the necessary spatial and technical equipment to enable governmental authorities or military staffs to work productively on board. The "Governor" version is designed to transport larger delegations with different functions and different statuses.
The "Rescue" version has been developed for the execution of humanitarian aid flights and medical evacuation transports. It offers a modular, flying intensive care unit that can accommodate additional passengers or all kinds of medical equipment on board as needed. For this purpose, Lufthansa Technik is offering its Patient Transport Unit (PTU NG) which is one of the most modern patient transport options on the market. It can be modularly adapted to the requirements of customers and patients.
The fourth design concept "Trooper" is optimized for long-distance passenger or troop transport and offers maximum capacity in different classes. Also in this version, a small intensive care unit can be integrated if required.
The cabin variants were developed in cooperation with military services. They meet the requirements with regard to risks through leaking emanations (NATO TEMPEST requirements). Lufthansa Technik also offers a complete portfolio of technical services for the Airbus A330 MRTT, covering the entire life cycle of the aircraft.
Fastest Internet connection now on board Airbus A330
Approval for integrating "Ka-band" broadband Internet connection for A330
At its Hamburg location, Lufthansa Technik recently equipped an impressive fourth VIP aircraft with the fastest available Internet connection. In addition to two Boeing 737-VIP and an Airbus A340-VIP, the owner of an A330-VIP is now one of the first private customers in the world to be able to use the new Ka-band broadband Internet solution. The experts in the VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services business unit are currently installing this technology in yet another A340, and more completion contracts for VIP aircraft are currently in the acquisition stage.
The integration and approval of what is presently the fastest Internet connection on board has become routine for the experts at Lufthansa Technik. The latest aircraft was even returned to the customer two days ahead of schedule. "The fact that we are integrating the Ka-band so smoothly at this stage shows us that the wealth of experience we have accumulated and the wide range of types covered has made us the preferred contact partner on the market for an integration solution for the fastest connectivity system," says Thomas Decher, Vice President VIP Maintenance & Modifications. "This expertise increases our attractiveness to customers for VIP modifications at the Hamburg location."
Thanks to its longstanding expertise in the area of aircraft modification, Lufthansa Technik can integrate all systems and components in aircraft. In addition to the physical installation, this includes all required aeronautical and regulatory work, conversion planning and materials supply, the manufacture of diverse high-end components such as the WLAN access point, the supply of materials in regular flight operation, and the repair of defective components. The vast experience that Lufthansa Technik can now offer in the area of connectivity means shorter waiting times for customers in addition to other advantages.
Moreover, Lufthansa Technik is currently equipping the Lufthansa Group's Airbus A320 family with the latest Ka-band satellite technology. 32 aircraft per month are currently being upgraded, and this figure will rise to well over 200 aircraft by spring 2018.
Lufthansa Technik meanwhile holds Supplement Type Certificates (STCs) for system installation for the Airbus A320 family, the Airbus A330, the Airbus A340 and the Boeing 737 family. In addition, Lufthansa Technik holds a STC for all Boeing Business Jets BBJ1 (737-700) and BBJ2 (737-800) for its proprietary development, the TIOS (Two-In-One-Solution) antenna radome, which likewise enables the use of Ka-band and thus optimum high-speed Internet and TV connections on board.
Lufthansa Technik receives Airbus A350 maintenance approval
Ready for every aspect of A350 maintenance and repairs
In time for today's launch of commercial flight operations of the Airbus A350 to Frankfurt, Lufthansa Technik has received approval of the European airworthiness authority EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) as Maintenance Organization for the new aircraft type (Part 145 approval). The leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider offers now routine maintenance services in Frankfurt.
"We are excited about the entry into service of this newest-generation aircraft with its promising technologies," says Wolfgang Weynell, Senior Vice President Corporate Sales at Lufthansa Technik. "We are very well prepared to maintain the A350, with its carbon fiber structures and its state-of-the-art engines and systems."
For some time now, Lufthansa Technik has been preparing meticulously for technical support of the Airbus A350. The company's Frankfurt and Munich facilities will be able to provide airlines with an extensive package of maintenance and repair services, including troubleshooting and the elimination of technical defects, software management, and both the planned and unplanned replacement of components, engines, and auxiliary power units (APU) in addition to routine checks. Lufthansa Technik will also supply spare parts as needed at both hubs.
As part of its global network, Lufthansa Technik is currently setting up worldwide material supply for the A350 with component pool sites in Asia and Europe. Future operators of the A350 can already benefit from initial component maintenance capacities for this aircraft at Lufthansa Technik's workshops in Hamburg, and these capacities will be expanded continuously with the growth of A350 fleets around the world.
In addition, Lufthansa Technik is preparing the storage and provision of Rolls-Royce Trent XWB spare engines and Honeywell HGT1700 APUs in and from Frankfurt to ensure fast help for A350 operators in the event of planned or unplanned engine or APU replacements.
Lufthansa Airlines will commission its first A350 in the second half of 2016. Every aspect of aircraft maintenance for the carrier's entire fleet of A350s will be looked after by Lufthansa Technik.
Full range of A350 services for commercial and VIP operators
Maintenance, repair, overhaul and cabin completion
With Lufthansa ready to start scheduled A350 operations on February 10, 2017, Lufthansa Technik's support for the newest Airbus widebody is in full swing. Lufthansa Technik is not only licensed and ready to maintain the Airbus A350 in all aspects of the aircraft's life cycle, the company is also the first address for a unique VVIP cabin completion.
Lufthansa Technik has been supporting the A350's development with a special focus on maintainability from the very beginning. The company is 100 percent ready to provide the engineering and line maintenance services for the A350 today. In the area of material supply, Lufthansa Technik covers a large part of the A350 components, in many cases working together with original equipment manufacturers. Several supported customer fleets have already achieved a very high technical dispatch reliability.
At the beginning of 2017, Lufthansa Technik received an extension of its approval as a design organization for the new aircraft 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 community was initiated by Lufthansa Technik, with the main goal of enabling airlines worldwide to exchange their experiences with their A350s and benefit from these exchanges. The first workshop was held at the end of 2016, focusing on key topics in A350 technical operations including predictive maintenance, supply chain management and the A350 as an e-enabled aircraft.
At EBACE 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, Lufthansa Technik presented a brand-new A350 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.
Comprehensive technical support for the Airbus A350
Complete life cycle support from the beginning of aircraft assembly
Right on time for the market launch of the Airbus A350, Lufthansa Technik is offering operators of this new twin-engine wide-body aircraft a comprehensive, flexible portfolio of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for this aircraft type.
The spectrum of services covers the entire life cycle of the A350 and includes production inspections, material supply, maintenance and maintenance management as well as engineering services, entry-into-service support and LRU and engine maintenance. A particular focus of services for the A350 is aircraft IT management, since the aircraft and its maintenance systems are much more cross-linked than those of previous aircraft generations.
"Lufthansa Technik is already excellently prepared to maintain the A350, its carbon fiber structures and state-of-the-art engines and systems," says Wolfgang Weynell, Vice President Corporate Sales and Marketing at Lufthansa Technik. "Our customers also benefit from the operational experience we have gathered in recent years maintaining the A380, which is quite similar to the technological demands of an A350 aircraft. The required performance of engineering and maintenance services are already standard practice at Lufthansa Technik and will be available to A350 operators from the first day of commercial operation. The infrastructure needed to maintain the A350 is already in place, and all of our preparations are on schedule."
In addition to Lufthansa´s experience in both flight operations as well as maintenance on the A380, Lufthansa Technik is investing in the extensive involvement in the development program for the A350. Since 2008 Lufthansa Technik engineers have worked on behalf of Lufthansa, which will take delivery of its first A350s in 2016, with teams of airline experts known as Customer Focus Groups.
These teams have provided support for Airbus with numerous aspects of aircraft design, from flight operations and maintenance all the way to cockpit layout. The involvement of these experts is intended to ensure a high degree of maturity and reliability for the A350 from the first delivery and its very first day in scheduled service.
Lufthansa Technik presents interior concept for the A350 VVIP
New cabin is focused on health and well-being on board
At EBACE 2016 Lufthansa Technik's design department has unveiled its brand-new Airbus A350 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.
Taking into account the often extremely tense life styles of its VIP customers, the »Welcome Home« concept has been consequently optimized to offer a perfect ambience for recreation and relaxation during travel times.
"This unique VIP cabin concept not only addresses our customers' requirements, but is also a clear proof of Lufthansa Technik's design and engineering competency. Under the slogan "Driven by Design, enriched by Technical Product Innovations", many of our own products, like the »Chair« VIP seat, the steam shower or our inductive cooking plate have been integrated in this cabin", said Wieland Timm, Vice President Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik.
He added: "Travel time should become quality time. For many of our clients time is a rare commodity and family is immensely important. A demanding lifestyle that requires frequent travelling and constant high attention to business and other topics must be balanced by valued family time and relaxation in a healthy environment. The »Welcome Home« concept offers the perfect cabin to fulfill these different aspects."
"The idea is much more than just a healthy surrounding in an aircraft. We strive to create a flying experience that lets you arrive more relaxed and strengthened then when you start the journey", added Lufthansa Technik interior architect Michael Reichenecker, who designed the »Welcome Home« cabin.
"Environment and materials, food quality, relaxation and noise, smell and other factors have an impact on how we humans feel. So taking into account the specific requirements our customers have, the design solution must result in a combination of features that can all potentially cater to a higher sense of well- being."
Consequently, the first design priority was to move away from the ever adding of box type rooms and instead to create more flexible areas that can be opened and combined for better social interaction and closed for full privacy if so desired. Located in the most favorable area in regard to noise and aircraft movement, the front part of the aircraft, the "Family Flex Area" facilitates a large and airy private space comparable to an expensive hotel suite. An office within this area focuses on private conversations or interactive video conferencing, allowing the VIP to place himself in the midst of his staff whenever required.
The guest lounge entertains with a cinema size screen and offers a new lighting approach. In Lufthansa Technik's patent pending new "Living Lining" concept ceilings and walls themselves turn into lighting elements. Dedicated areas such as the ceiling over the dining table can be specifically lit up, while other areas are moodily dimmed down. Imitations of clouds can be depicted, even animated, and aside of presets any individual lighting requirement can be reproduced.
»Welcome Home« also sets new standards in regard to healthy on board food preparation. Lufthansa Technik's new induction platform has been integrated and allows for fresh food cooking on board. The all-in-one solution includes a power unit, an exhaust fan and a special cover, which ensures that pots and pans remain in place even during turbulence.
In the AFT of the cabin a large SPA area has been introduced which welcomes guests with a humidifying water feature and otherwise offers a relaxing steam bath, a massage shower, and a massage table that may also double as a passenger transport unit (PTU) if so required. Top sound quality and individual lighting let guests immerse fully in a deeply relaxing surrounding.
The whole cabin comprises about 270 square meters (about 2,900 sq ft). Despite the fact that the design was originally developed for an A350 cabin, the flexibility of the concept allows the adaption to other wide-body aircraft, too.
In addition to its VVIP cabin completion capabilities for the Airbus A350, Lufthansa Technik is already offering a broad portfolio of maintenance, repair and overhaul services to various commercial carriers for this aircraft type.