Support agreement with FADEC Alliance for LEAP engines
Asset availability services for operators worldwide
ENDICOTT, New York – FADEC Alliance, a joint venture between GE Aviation and FADEC International, has signed a 25-year agreement with Lufthansa Technik to provide Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) availability services for LEAP engines globally. Lufthansa Technik and FADEC Alliance will use the engine controls for support agreements, loans and exchanges across their global airline customer bases to bring a full selection of asset management services to the commercial transport industry.
The agreement covers asset management, logistics and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) support. Lufthansa Technik will manage a global pool of line replaceable units (LRU) in order to provide availability to both Lufthansa Technik and FADEC Alliance airline customers. Lufthansa Technik will establish a certified repair station in Hamburg, Germany for the LEAP FADEC. FADEC Alliance will provide technical support from the FADEC Alliance MRO network located in Massy, France and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
"Lufthansa Technik is a world leader in asset logistics and MRO services to airlines," said Steven McCullough, chief executive officer of FADEC Alliance. "The company's global footprint provides superior customer support, while FADEC Alliance's strategic technical expertise in LEAP engine controls makes this contract a win-win for airlines across the world."
"The exceptional FADEC Alliance products are crucial for operators and timely availability of spare parts is of utmost importance," said Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn, vice president Asia Pacific & Fulfillment, Component Services at Lufthansa Technik. "We are proud to collaborate with FADEC Alliance on MRO and asset management. We will jointly keep our customers flying."
LEAP engines equipped with FADEC Systems are used on Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus A320neo and COMAC family 919 aircraft. The FADEC – consisting of digital computers, called engine control units, and a pressure sub-system – controls all aspects of aircraft engine performance, such as engine fuel flow and variable engine geometries. Both parties will use the pool to support their customers for loans and exchanges of LEAP FADECs, to provide high availability and high performance asset services, and to maximize efficiency for airlines.
The LEAP engine is a high-bypass turbofan produced by CFM International, a 50-50 joint venture company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.
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The world's first cockpit panel test robot developed
Preventive maintenance for all switches and LEDs
Lufthansa Technik AG has developed the first robot for fully automated tests of cockpit controls in the world. The test procedure is called RoCCET, which stands for Robot Controlled Cockpit Electronics Testing. In the future, RoCCET will be used to check the functionality of LED lights and switches on the basis of concrete, standardized measurement data. The robot-based procedure is currently in the integration phase.
The robot has integrated sensors to measure the forces that occur when switches are activated. In addition, it is equipped with several industrial cameras with which it captures all display instruments and any outer damage. With another camera, it measures the brightness of all displays from various angles. The robot is thus able to check all switches and LEDs just as well as a human and perform defined functional tests.
"This fully automated procedure allows us to ease the burden on our colleagues in the workshops and reduce the testing effort by one to two hours per component. At the same time, the new procedure provides concrete measurement data in accordance with uniform standards. For example, we now have physical threshold values for the brightness of LEDs. And with the help of data mining, we can determine exactly when an LED has to be replaced," explains Florian Sell, Senior Engineer Automated Test Equipment Systems at the Aircraft Component Services division and manager of the RoCCET project.
The robot-based test procedure will initially be used for cockpit controls on Airbus A320 and A350 as well as Boeing 787 aircraft. In the future, its use may also be extended to other cockpit and cabin controls on all aircraft types at various locations.
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Comprehensive services for Japan Airlines A350 fleet
Total Component Support (TCS®)
Lufthansa Technik and Japan Airlines (JAL) have expanded their trusted partnership by entering into a long-term agreement on Total Component Support (TCS®) services for the carrier's Airbus A350 fleet. For a period of ten years the new contract covers the majority of Japan Airlines' Airbus A350 components. The contracted services include maintenance, programs for reliability monitoring and enhancement as well as logistic services. Currently JAL holds 31 firm orders and 25 options for the state-of-the-art long-range jet.
Atsushi Maeda, Executive Officer of Procurement at Japan Airlines, said: "The Airbus A350 constitutes a key element of the future Japan Airlines fleet. We believe this agreement will bring us even more stable and smooth component operations and the highest performance for our customers. Furthermore, it provides us additional benefits such as maintenance cost optimization and cost control, while enhancing the long term partnership with Lufthansa Technik."
Gerald Steinhoff, Vice President Corporate Sales Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik, said: "We are very proud and honored to extend our services with comprehensive MRO solutions for Japan Airlines' Airbus A350 fleet. We will work very closely together as partners to ensure the highest safety and reliability. With this latest agreement, Lufthansa Technik has proven its position as leader for A350 component services in Asia Pacific. This will also result in a further increase of A350 components allocated to our warehouses in the region."
With the new agreement, Japan Airlines and Lufthansa Technik continue to expand their successful relationship which already includes a variety of MRO services. Among others, Lufthansa Technik has been providing TCS® services for Japan Airlines' Boeing 787 fleet since 2011.
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New Executive Board member for Technical Operations, Logistics & IT
Soeren Stark succeeds Dr. Thomas Stueger
On 1 January, Soeren Stark joined the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG with responsibility for Technical Operations, Logistics & IT. He was appointed to this position in September 2018 by the company's Supervisory Board. Stark, who has a degree in business engineering, will assume responsibility immediately for fleet services, base maintenance, components, logistics, IT and quality management. In this function, he will also serve as the accountable manager correspondent to EASA Part 145, EASA Part 21/G and EASA Part M.
Stark has worked in various Lufthansa Group companies. Most recently, he served on the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. Prior to that, he headed both the aircraft overhaul and logistic services divisions at Lufthansa Technik, among other things. On the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, Stark succeeds Dr. Thomas Stueger, who served the Board for more than 14 years and retired in December.
"In numerous positions within the Lufthansa Technik Group, Soeren Stark has repeatedly demonstrated his extensive understanding of our business," said Dr. Johannes Bussmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG. "Also because of his successful work on the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo, I'm convinced that we have found the right man to follow in the sizable footsteps of Thomas Stueger."
"Thomas Stueger had great influence on Lufthansa Technik. During his tenure as a member of the Executive Board, he made significant contributions to the company's success," added Carsten Spohr, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa AG.
Wizz Air's technical operations relies on AVIATAR
Partnership extended for ten years
Wizz Air and Lufthansa Technik have signed a ten-year AVIATAR agreement to provide one of Europe's fastest growing airlines with innovative digital fleet solutions.
Key element in the partnership approach is to further improve efficiency of Wizz Air's technical operations by using AVIATAR's modular solutions in the areas of predictive and preventive maintenance and reliability management. This happens in direct connection to the Maintenance Control Center (MCC) in Budapest. In addition, Wizz Air will also benefit from all other innovative offerings by Lufthansa Technik and third parties on AVIATAR.
Christian Ambiehl, Wizz Air's Head of Maintenance, said: "We have selected AVIATAR after a detailed analysis of the offerings available. The open and modular architecture of AVIATAR together with the strategic decision of our long-term partner Lufthansa Technik to neutrally offer access even to its competitors, makes it a unique platform. Competition and access to new markets have been key to Wizz Air's success in the past 14 years and our digital vision requires a neutral platform, which enables us to cooperate digitally with our MRO and technical operations partners within our growing route network. AVIATAR also allows us to control our fleet's operational data for the co-creation of new digital solutions to generate additional values for Wizz Air's operation and beyond. It is our objective to grow our fleet faster than our Technical Operations team."
Christian Langer, Head of Digital Fleet Solutions at Lufthansa Technik, said: "We are a proud partner of Wizz Air and have proven our capability to develop solutions beneficial to the needs of operators. Together with other state-of-art products available on AVIATAR, Lufthansa Technik's track record to deliver OEM-independent MRO solutions have become a reality in the digital world. Together with a growing number of airlines in the community we will continue to develop further cost-saving solutions for AVIATAR."
AVIATAR allows operators and other participants in the MRO market to collaborate on an open and neutral platform. It applies analytical models to provide new insights, recommendations and notifications, enabling users to simplify their decision processes. AVIATAR rewards its users through the optimization of operating hours, reduced consequential costs and safer as well as more reliable fleet operations, serving airline passengers around the world.
AVIATAR is an OEM-spanning platform, independent of Lufthansa Technik or any MRO service contracts. It serves as a central and connecting hub for digital products and services for the aviation industry.
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Total Component Support for 737 MAX of Eastar Jet
Korean low-cost carrier Eastar Jet has contracted Lufthansa Technik AG to supply components for its new fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. With currently six aircraft on order, Eastar Jet will receive its first two 737 MAX by the end of 2018, with the remaining four aircraft following in mid-2019.
Similar to the support for the airline's Boeing 737NG fleet, the new Total Component Support (TCS®) agreement includes component maintenance as well as spare parts leasing through a component pool at Eastar Jet's headquarters at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul. Likewise the airline will be granted access to the corresponding spare parts pools at Lufthansa Technik.
"Lufthansa Technik has met our expectations concerning the support provided on the Boeing 737NG," said Daniel Yim, General Manager of the purchasing team from Eastar Jet. "Therefore we are looking forward to the expanded component supply for our Boeing 737 MAX fleet aimed at achieving the same results."
Stefan Loh, Senior Sales Manager at Lufthansa Technik, said: "We are looking forward to providing component support for the new Boeing 737 MAX fleet. We will support Eastar Jet with excellent service quality and a competitive cost structure."
Lufthansa Technik guarantees reliable delivery from its TCS® pool comprising over 100,000 different components. Aircraft operators benefit from optimal component availability, without having to create and maintain their own spare parts warehouses. Lufthansa Technik TCS® pool customers benefit from lower operating costs, especially through effects of scale.
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Arkia signs comprehensive support contract
Total Technical Support for A321LR
Arkia Israeli Airlines has signed a comprehensive technical services contract with Lufthansa Technik. Within the framework of a ten-year agreement, Lufthansa Technik will support the airline with Total Technical Support (TTS®) including Technical Operations Management (TOM) for Arkia's three Airbus A321LR.
Integrating all MRO activities into one service package, Lufthansa Technik will provide engineering, line maintenance and component support including consumables and expendables as well as wheels-and-brakes services. The first aircraft delivered from the OEM to Arkia will be the first aircraft of the A321neo type featuring the long-range configuration.
The on-site services in Tel Aviv will be performed by Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI). Over the next three years, experienced mechanics and the station manager will provide TOM and line maintenance services on site at Arkia's hub in Tel Aviv, preparing the carrier's technicians to take over line maintenance after that period.
"Arkia has been modernizing its entire fleet, moving to a full jet fleet for its regional and international routes," says Nir Dagan, President and CEO of Arkia. "Our main fleet now comprises new and state-of-the-art jets: Embraer E-195, Airbus A321LR and, starting in 2020, the A330-900. We were looking for the best support for our new fleet and we are happy and proud to rely on Lufthansa Technik's experience and expertise to support the new era of Arkia. I feel this combination of the latest aircraft models with the best support in the market are the basis for Arkia's development."
"This contract is a milestone for us, as it is our first major contract with Arkia. We are very much honored and proud that we were selected by Arkia to support the A321LR fleet with our TOM Services," says Georgios Ouzounidis, Senior Director Corporate Sales Europe at Lufthansa Technik.
As part of a TTS® contract, TOM is a service package which integrates all local line maintenance services on a long-term basis. Working closely with the operator, the TOM staff optimizes the integration of maintenance and engineering services into the airline's flight operations and ensures the smooth functioning of all other MRO services. The permanent presence of both a station manager and a Lufthansa Technik team at the customer's home base assures both a close and well-coordinated working relationship and the optimal adaptation of Lufthansa Technik's services to the airline's requirements.
Arkia will also benefit from Lufthansa Technik's new digital platform AVIATAR, which offers the latest technologies for large amounts of data to be delivered by new aircraft types like the A321LR.
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Lufthansa Technik develops assistance system for the identification of part numbers
Digital Seat Cover Tool: Use on mobile devices
Lufthansa Technik has developed the first digital assistance system for the identification of seat cover part numbers in the world. The new application is called Seat Cover Tool and is already being used for cabin maintenance work on the Lufthansa Airbus A380 fleet. Designed for both mobile and stationary use, it is compatible with all current PCs and iOS-based devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Up to now, the entire process – from finding a dirty or damaged seat cover, cushion or belt, and identifying the part number to ordering and replacing the component – was completely manual. But through the use of the Seat Cover Tool, Lufthansa Technik has now digitalized the identification of the correct component and partly automated the overall process for the first time. Cabin mechanics thus save a lot of time for passenger seat maintenance.
"With Seat Cover Tool, the part numbers of seat covers that need replacing can now be identified more quickly and easily. We've managed to reduce the respective process time from six minutes to less than one minute. In addition, the application is very simple to use and identifies every seat cover part number reliably," says Stefan Mehler, Project Manager at Lufthansa Technik.
Seat Cover Tool is set to be rolled out to other seat parts and all common aircraft types as early as next year. Once that version of the tool has proven itself in practice as well, Lufthansa Technik intends to offer it to other MRO companies for a fee so that they, too, can benefit from the advantages of Seat Cover Tool.
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Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and Asiana Airlines signed a technical support agreement on V2500 thrust reverser
Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and Asiana Airlines signed a five-year agreement for technical support on V2500 thrust reverser. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen will support Asiana Airlines in developing its in-house capabilities for the V2500 thrust reverser and other related components by providing technical training, tools and equipment as well as on-site support.
The aim is to establish a flexible and mutually beneficial cooperation based on the respective expertise and needs of both companies and to deepen their relationships. With the quality standards and experience of Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen, Asiana Airlines will take a significant step towards building its own repair capabilities instead of outsourcing the services.
"This joint approach allows us to build innovative repair services that cover more than the V2500 thrust reverser, with benefits such as increased aircraft availability and a close relationship with a world-class MRO service provider," said an Asiana representative on behalf of Chang Young-il, Executive Vice President Maintenance & Engineering at Asiana Airlines.
"The MRO cooperation between us and Asiana Airlines has been in place for more than 25 years," said Gerald Steinhoff, Senior Vice President Corporate Sales Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik. "We will offer our customer full availability and fast access to capability development."
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Lufthansa Technik is one of the best training organizations
Training positions currently free in Hamburg and Frankfurt
Lufthansa Technik AG has won an award from the business magazine Capital for outstanding training quality. The company received a perfect score of five stars, putting it among the finest training companies in Germany. Lufthansa Technik also won a leading place in the "dual-study training" category.
This year, more than 700 companies took part in the study, which was sponsored by Capital, the talent platform "Ausbildung.de" and the employer branding agency TERRITORY EMBRACE. The goal is to identify success factors for training and dual-study training programs in Germany. Candidates were judged according to the following criteria: support for trainees, learning in the company, innovative teaching methods, company commitment and chances for success. This study of the best trainers in Germany has been carried out annually since 2017.
"The award is more than just confirmation of our work. It also shows that Lufthansa Technik is an attractive training organization for ambitious young people. We are currently still looking for trainees for our locations in Hamburg and Frankfurt. Anyone who enjoys technology and would like to become a tool mechanic, an electronics technician for devices and systems or a surface coating technician is in exactly the right place at Lufthansa Technik. Interested young people who have finished secondary school or completed university entrance examinations are very welcome to apply. We look forward to hearing from them," says Kristin Bakonyi, Manager HR Marketing for Apprentices & Young Talent Programs at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg.
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Paving the runway: UTC Aerospace Systems and Lufthansa Technik sign component service agreement
UTC Aerospace Systems and Lufthansa Technik have signed a life of program component service agreement for maintenance of Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine accessories integrated and supplied by UTC Aerospace Systems for the A320neo
November 8, 2018 – UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Lufthansa Technik AG today announced a life of program component service agreement for the maintenance and support of accessories for the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine for the A320neo.
Under this agreement, Lufthansa Technik will develop repair capabilities for certain UTC Aerospace Systems' GTF engine accessories. UTC Aerospace Systems will provide GTF engine accessory parts and certain repair services to Lufthansa Technik. By cooperating in repair development and sharing maintenance practices, both companies will be able to offer improved aftermarket services aimed at reduced operating costs.
"We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Lufthansa Technik," said Tim White, President, Electric, and Environmental & Engine Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems. "This is a great opportunity for two companies to leverage each other's knowledge, expertise and technology and work together to develop improved solutions that enhance the overall customer experience."
"We are excited to continue our relationship with UTC Aerospace Systems," said Dr. Johannes Bussmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik. "Our customers will benefit greatly as we combine Lufthansa Technik's maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities with the design knowledge of UTC Aerospace Systems. Just like with the classic engine option, Lufthansa Technik will soon be able to repair A320neo line replaceable units in-house, including the engines."
Lufthansa Technik and UTC Aerospace Systems have enjoyed a long standing, collaborative relationship including On-Site Support (OSS) for better access to inventory and to support repairs. Recently, the organizations entered into a Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) agreement for the Boeing 787 to provide support for capability buildup.
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Cyclean® Engine Wash: Long-term partnership with SIA Engineering Company
5-year contract with SIA Engineering Company to conduct engine washes
Lufthansa Technik AG signed its first comprehensive Cyclean® Engine Wash contract with SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) at the MRO Asia-Pacific in Singapore on 7 November. The long-term cooperation is set to last for five years.
With this contract, SIAEC will now clean the engine types of its major customers under Singapore Airlines Group with Cyclean® Engine Wash at Singapore-Changi Airport with. This includes the Rolls-Royce Trent 700, 800, 900, 1000 and XWB engines, the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and General Electric GE90-115 for Singapore Airlines Limited and Scoot Tigerair Pte Ltd.
Mr. Foo Kean Shuh, Senior Vice President of Line Maintenance and Cabin Services of SIAEC, says: "Cyclean® Engine Wash from Lufthansa Technik is a product that has been proven to effectively and efficiently wash many types of engines, enabling SIAEC to create higher levels of productivity and operating efficiency. We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our airline customers, which will improve the performance of their engines."
"We are very proud to have convinced SIAEC and the entire Singapore Airlines Group of our Cyclean® Engine Wash technology. We are delighted about the long-term partnership with SIAEC and look forward to further expanding our presence in Southeast Asia in the future," says Mr. Gerald Steinhoff, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik.
Cyclean® Engine Wash is performed as part of maintenance work, in transit between two flights or overnight. It shortens conventional engine washing time by up to 80 percent and enables unrestricted execution not only in the hangar but everywhere at the airport. Cyclean® Engine Wash can be applied to all current engine types of the leading manufacturers General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, CFMI and IAE. Since its market launch in 2007, more than 70 airline customers worldwide have decided on Cyclean® Engine Wash until today.
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Lufthansa Technical Training and SAMC signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Airshow China
The MoU intensifies a closer strategic partnership between the two companies
On Nov. 7th, 2018, Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC) and Lufthansa Technical Training, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Airshow China in Zhuhai. The MoU intensifies a closer strategic partnership between the two companies in on-the-job training of skilled technicians.
SAMC is a subsidiary of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and is responsible for the production of ARJ21, C919 and CR929. It provides four major businesses, including final assembly, key components and parts fabrication, MRO and retrofit and composite material. The company undertakes the vital task of developing China-made-aircraft and is determined to be the most efficient and most trustworthy manufacturer.
Lufthansa Technical Training is a leading independent global training provider for staff involved in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry for aircraft, engines and aircraft components of civil aviation. From basic technical training and type-related further training to competence training, Lufthansa Technical Training offers courses important for safety, reliability and economically-oriented qualifications.
The letter of intent outlines a strategic cooperation between SAMC and Lufthansa Technical Training, including training system development, new staff training, advanced training for skilled technicians and facility planning for practical training. SAMC and Lufthansa Technical Training college will apply advanced training methods and modules from Lufthansa Technical Training in a joint education program. SAMC and Lufthansa Technical Training endeavor to built-up a modern platform for on-job training with dual system and evaluation through the contemplated initiative.
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Engine Health Management app improves performance of entire engine fleets
New AVIATAR app based on "digital twin"
With the development of a proprietary diagnostic tool, Lufthansa Technik ushers in a new era in aircraft engine maintenance. The new Engine Health Management app, accessible through Lufthansa Technik's digital platform AVIATAR, enhances the Engine Health Management service and offers airlines a highly efficient and useful means to monitor and manage the status of their engine fleets.
In order to predict damage mechanisms that are not visible through conventional Engine Condition Monitoring (ECM) systems, Lufthansa Technik's engine experts created a so-called "digital twin". The computer model of a physical engine features such a level of detail that it allows to determine the impact of an individual component on the entire engine, enabling engineers to diagnose the cause of a specific deviation from the standard behavior of the engine.
With the enhanced Engine Health Management service, each individual engine in a fleet is constantly monitored. Using optimally adapted alert rules, unusual wear or unforeseen damage is detected at an early stage. Lufthansa Technik's skilled and experienced analysts diagnose problems and issue maintenance and troubleshooting recommendations to customers. Engine Health Management thus ensures that material expenditures, costs, and performance are kept in an optimum ratio to one another.
The Engine Health Management app on AVIATAR provides customizable and flexible access to a customer's fleet at any time. It presents the current status of each engine virtually at the touch of a button.
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.
A Software Development Kit (SDK) is available to all airlines and potential partners to develop their own applications.
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Lufthansa Technik Intercoat automates INTERFILL® coating process
Components are coated in a single working step
Lufthansa Technik Intercoat, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, has commissioned the world's first partly automated system for coating components with INTERFILL®. As a result, the components can now be coated in a single working step. The entire new system concept was developed in-house at Lufthansa Technik Intercoat.
Lufthansa Technik Intercoat specializes in the repair of components using an advanced epoxy coating process. For this purpose, the company from Kaltenkirchen, Germany, developed a material called INTERFILL® that is based on epoxy resin. The material gives components from the aviation, rail and automotive industries a new life cycle and improves their operational characteristics.
Until recently, the advanced epoxy coating process was completely manual, but now a part of the coating process could be automated. The component is fastened to a rotating device in a working booth. Then a robot arm applies INTERFILL® to the component surface through a fine nozzle.
A special applicator ensures that the ideal dose is applied with an even layer thickness. The improved application method prevents air pockets from forming, which reduces the amount of corrective work that can otherwise be necessary at times. The innovative system provides consistent, high-quality results and saves a considerable amount of time.
"Thanks to this partial automation, we were able to reduce the time it takes to coat the material to a third. That gives us the opportunity to react quickly and flexibly to customer needs, thus increasing our competitiveness," says Andreas Sauer, Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Intercoat.
The system is currently able to process components of up to 500 x 500 x 500 millimeters in size and 25 kilograms in weight. A robot system that eliminates these restrictions is already in the works. Once that system is operational, it will also be possible to coat components with more complex, non-rotation-symmetric coating areas.
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Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico: approval for Airbus A320neo maintenance
First aircraft overhaul of an A320neo for Spirit Airlines
Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to carry out maintenance work on the Airbus A320neo.
For Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, based at Rafael Hernandez Airport Aguadilla in Puerto Rico, this approval marks a significant milestone, since it underlines the company's position as a center of excellence for the Airbus A320 family. An investment of some 2.8 million U.S. dollars was required for the training, tools and the material necessary for the maintenance of the new aircraft type.
"This performance was only possible thanks to our entire team's great effort. We are especially proud that Spirit Airlines is now entrusting us with the aircraft overhaul of the A320neo in addition to the A320 classic family. We are pleased that we were able to repay their trust by getting the first aircraft of this type ready for flight operations on time," says Pat Foley, Chief Executive of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico.
Kirk Thornburg, Vice President Technical Operations at Spirit Airlines, is equally pleased: "We have been cooperating with Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico for more than three years. We are as convinced as ever that we are dealing with a highly professional team. With Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico, we have a strong partner by our side and are delighted to expand our cooperation further to include work on the A320neo."
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Lufthansa Technik Malta receives Airbus A350 base maintenance approval
Company certified by German Federal Aviation Office
Lufthansa Technik Malta is officially ready to perform all work required for the Base Maintenance of the Airbus A350-900, as the company has been licensed by the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA).
The granting of the "Base Maintenance Approval" certificate by the LBA marks the successful end of an intense period of preparation, in which employees were trained, processes were established and infrastructure was adapted.
Lufthansa Technik Malta kicked off this extensive program in November 2016 and has now been rewarded accordingly for its efforts. The first Airbus A350 is expected to arrive for base maintenance services at Lufthansa Technik Malta in spring 2019.
Lufthansa Technik Malta's CEO Marcus Motschenbacher said: "More than 50 employees of Lufthansa Technik Malta spent just over three months in personal preparation acquiring the necessary qualifications and practical training to enable them to work on the A350. Two out of six base maintenance lines at the facility have been outfitted to accommodate the A350-900 with an investment of over €3.2m to cover the first C-Checks. A substantial investment in new tooling has included the purchase of more than 280 different tools including engine removal tooling."
Extensive docking modifications have also been undertaken in Hangar 1, extending the current capabilities of the mezzanine, wing and tail docks. Investment in a new electrical installation was also made due to the A350's dedicated hydraulic rigs.
This approval cements Lufthansa Technik Malta's pole position as the only Airbus widebody base maintenance provider in the Lufthansa Technik network of European base maintenance facilities. Today, the company is a true stronghold of this network in partnership with its sister companies in Shannon, Berlin, Budapest, Sofia, Hamburg, Manila and Puerto Rico.
Lufthansa Technik Malta forms part of Lufthansa Technik Group which consists of some 35 companies with more than 25,000 employees globally. It is a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group.
LG Electronics and Lufthansa Technik establish joint venture for aircraft displays and systems
New Aviation OLED Development Effort to Commence Early 2019
LG Electronics (LG) and Lufthansa Technik AG will jointly develop, produce and market LG's innovative OLED displays for commercial airplane cabins, the companies announced today. The new venture will be based in Hamburg, Germany and will commence operation in the first half of 2019.
The new joint venture will combine LG's advanced, lightweight and flexible OLED display technology with Lufthansa Technik's aviation business capabilities to create new markets for on-board aircraft applications such as welcome board screens and interior linings.
"We are very excited to be joining hands with Lufthansa Technik to expand the reach of LG's innovative consumer electronic technologies to commercial aircrafts," said Kwon Soon-hwang, president of LG's Business-to-Business Company.
"Both partners contribute a globally recognized reputation in their respective business areas to create a new flying experience for the passengers," added Dr. Johannes Bussmann, chairman of Lufthansa Technik's executive board.
Closing of the agreement, which was inked earlier this week in Hamburg, is subject to regulatory approval.
Microbes in the tank: Lufthansa Technik turns to modern analytical methods
Innovative measuring technology enables new analytical methods
Lufthansa Technik AG is developing modern measuring technology to inspect aircraft tanks reliably and detect critical infestations early on. The development was sparked by the discovery that the rate of biofilm formation in the aircraft fuel tanks had been steadily on the rise for several years. Biofilm is the result of secretions from microbes, which can multiply very quickly under unique circumstances.
The microorganisms find their way into aircraft tanks both through the air vents on the wings and via the clothes and respiration of mechanics during fuel tank cleaning. The condensation that forms in the tank provides an almost perfect biotope for microbes to grow and multiply rapidly.
"The biofilm produced by microbes is more than just a form of visual pollution; it can cause significant damage to aircraft. For example, the microbes can penetrate the smallest cracks, attack the aluminum alloy and lead to corrosion on the wing," says Ralf Riemann, Coordinator in Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services division.
"Heavy infestations can have an extremely negative effect on the reliability of flight operations and lead to unplanned ground time and high costs for rectifying the problem. And when larger areas are affected by corrosion, the aircraft even have to go in for repair lasting several weeks," explains Dr. Christian Siry, Head of Central Materials Technology at Lufthansa Technik.
Increasing resistance to biocides and gradual changes in the microbe population suggest that traditional methods for identifying and eliminating microbes are no longer sufficient. This makes it all the more important to inspect the tanks regularly, using new measuring technology and reliable analytical methods, since this is the only way to prevent a critical infestation.
So it pays off for all aircraft operators to look at their tanks both more frequently and more closely. Dr. Christian Siry and Ralf Riemann are available to contribute their expertise and look forward to an opportunity to share experiences.
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.