Application phase for training year 2019 begins

Nine training programs at three sites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Successful trainee program celebrates its tenth birthday

100 program graduates taken over by Lufthansa Technik

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

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

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

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

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


Image: Copyright Lufthansa Technik 


Bombardier and Lufthansa Technik to Unveil Dialed Up Flight Experience Onboard Global 7000 Aircraft in Geneva

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

Montreal, May 15, 2018 – Bombardier today unveiled a preview of the revolutionary nice Touch cabin management system, a Bombardier-designed platform developed in collaboration with Lufthansa Technik and found exclusively on the Global 7000 aircraft. The nice Touch CMS will be on display at the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. The new system brings cabin connectivity to the next level with two new layers of interaction, creating a multifaceted solution that combines physical and digital interfaces to ensure effortless control of the cabin environment and entertainment.
For ultimate cabin efficiency and enjoyment, the nice Touch CMS introduces a new way to connect with the cabin through the Bombardier Touch dial, featuring business aviation's first application of an OLED display. Always within reach from the comfort of the passenger's seat, it discreetly rises from the side ledge with the touch of a finger to provide rapid control of entertainment and cabin settings.
The Global 7000 aircraft also introduces Suite controllers throughout the aircraft's full-sized living spaces, a first in the industry. These unique bulkhead-mounted interfaces allow for intuitive and home-like control of the cabin environment.
"The Global 7000 jet's nice Touch CMS sets a new standard in the industry by further elevating the cabin experience," said Brad Nolen, Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Bombardier is renowned in the industry for its impeccable design and leading-edge technology – and the Global 7000 aircraft's nice Touch CMS perfectly combines those two elements to bring ultimate comfort and effortless control to the customer's fingertips."
The Touch dial and Suite controllers are complemented by the nice Touch application, available on iOS and Android devices. The application takes simplicity and convenience to another level, thanks to its content aggregator that provides easy access to all media. Its curated selection of preset lighting schemes offers limitless custom color combinations for the perfect cabin ambiance.
"With a 10-gigabit fibre-optic architecture and dual wireless access points for redundancy, the nice Touch CMS provides an easy and reliable way to control all cabin functions so that passengers can easily transition between productivity and relaxation," said Andrew Muirhead, Vice President, Product Division Original Equipment Innovation, Lufthansa Technik. "Lufthansa Technik is a long-time partner of Bombardier, and we are thrilled to bring our knowledge and expertise in building innovative CMS and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to the highly anticipated Global 7000 aircraft."
The nice Touch CMS redefines cabin entertainment by delivering available 4K, ultra-high-definition content at unprecedented speeds. The Global 7000 jet also boasts two media centres that provide on-demand audio and video to any suite in the cabin, and various floorplan configurations that offer large cabin monitors. Combined with Ka-band – the fastest internet connectivity worldwide – the nice Touch CMS allows passengers to effortlessly surf, stream, watch and listen to the content they want as if they were at home.
The Global 7000 aircraft takes refinement to a new level with its four distinct living spaces as well as the industry's largest and best-equipped kitchen, allowing for more diverse meal options. It has all the amenities to ensure passengers feel refreshed and energized, such as a Master Suite with a permanent bed and a true stand-up shower in the available En Suite. Now with a maximum operating range of 7,700 nautical miles, the Global 7000 aircraft can fly farther than any other business jet, and is the only business aircraft that can connect New York and Hong Kong, and Singapore to Los Angeles.
The Global 7000 jet's innovative design was recently awarded the prestigious Red Dot at the 2018 Red Dot Award: Product Design.


Image: Bombardier Business Aircraft


Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services digitizes material identification

Tablets with GateApp replace Gate boxes

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

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

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

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


Supervisory Board early extends Executive Board mandate of Constanze Hufenbecher

New Five-year contract as Chief Financial Officer

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

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


Set for worldwide technical A320neo LEAP-1A nacelle support

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

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

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

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

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


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

Practical tests with startups

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

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

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

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


Eastar Jet becomes new customer in Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Copyright Eaststar Jet 


Spairliners awarded by Royal Jordanian Airlines for an exclusive E-Jet component pool contract

Five Embraer E175/E195 on a long-term contract with Spairliners

Jordan's flag carrier, Royal Jordanian, has signed a component services contract with Spairliners, the leading Integrated Component Care provider for Embraer E-Jet and Airbus A380 aircraft. Effective from March 2018 the contract covers the component supply and repair management of Royal Jordanian Airlines' E-Jet fleet consisting of three E175 and two E195 aircraft.

Spairliners will supply Royal Jordanian Airlines' fleet from its component pool and logistic hub in Paris, France, as well as its central spare parts warehouse in Munich, Germany. The contracted services include streamlined supply chain management, pool access, repair management and tailored logistics services for Line Replaceable Units of Royal Jordanian Airlines' E175 and E195 fleet. "We are delighted to be awarded by Royal Jordanian Airlines. It is an honour for us to support this leading network carrier in the region with our Integrated Component Care services", says Cornelius Dalm, Head of Sales, Account Management and Marketing at Spairliners. He continues, "This contract is a great step for Spairliners to strengthen its presence in the Middle East. It enables us to further expand our footprint in this region and attract more operators with our cost-efficient services, customized product offerings and extensive in-house repair capabilities."

Royal Jordanian Airlines' CEO Stefan Pichler states: "As an airline carrier focusing on process optimization, cost improvement and profitable growth, we are pleased to have selected Spairliners as our partner. Spairliners is ready to offer us their customized product services, attractive cost scheme and their long-term experience in supporting E-Jet aircraft. We are delighted to continue and extend the successful and excellent relationship which we have with Spairliners' shareholders Air France KLM Engineering and Maintenance and Lufthansa Technik AG since many years." 


Ameco and Lufthansa Technik sign Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in business aircraft services

Signing ceremony at Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE)

On April 17, 2018, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco) and Lufthansa Technik AG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for in-depth cooperation of support for business jets at Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE).

The intent of this cooperation between Ameco and Lufthansa Technik will be the establishment of a long-term cooperative partnership, which will combine mutual strengths to provide the best support for Chinese clients and to jointly develop the business jet market in China as such. Both parties will work closely together to improve and extend the availability of technical support for business jets in China, as well as jointly develop new solutions demanded by the market in order to continuously provide high quality services to their customers in China. 


Extended product portfolio with radome development and manufacturing

TIOS Ka (TIOS+) version for the popular Boeing 737 MAX

Lufthansa Technik AG is now ready for radome development and manufacturing projects as an extension of its Original Equipment Innovation product portfolio. Following the successful development and in-house manufacturing setup of a new Ka-band-suitable version of its proven VIP aircraft radome TIOS (Two-In-One-Solution) in only six months, Lufthansa Technik is now going to set up a unit dedicated to radomes of all kinds.

The company is making use of its many years of experience with structures made of composite materials to repair radomes: The ARC® (Airframe Related Components) business unit in Hamburg specializes in composite materials and fulfills all the necessary requirements. In addition to having its own production equipment, such as autoclaves, robotic systems and cold storage for material, a highly-qualified and experienced staff is available. The team can manufacture radomes of almost any type for installation on the vertical stabilizer (tail-mounted) or the fuselage (fuselage-mounted), and is ready to begin new developments. A first external project has already been successfully completed.

The elegant and fuel efficient TIOS+ radome will be available for the Boeing 737 MAX narrowbody aircraft by end of 2018 and will be manufactured in the new setup.

Radomes are a critical element in aircraft connectivity installations. Antenna housings need to bear high aerodynamic loads and offer maximum permeability for the radio frequencies used. In addition to integrating such connectivity systems into aircraft, Lufthansa Technik will now also pursue opportunities on the hardware market. 


Arago and AVIATAR revolutionize aircraft overhaul processes by using artificial intelligence

Pilot project in Base Maintenance division

Arago, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company specializing in intelligent business process automation, and AVIATAR, an integrated software platform for digital products and services in the aviation industry, are planning to work together on the progressive automation of the MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) process. A pilot project will therefore be launched in the Base Maintenance division of Lufthansa Technik, using Arago's AI-platform HIRO TM.

The HIRO TM AI platform enables autonomous process automation by leveraging algorithms that apply human expertise to determine solutions, and by retaining that knowledge to solve similar new challenges. Users benefit not only from outstanding automation rates, but also from significant cost savings and the continuation of their expert knowledge.

With the help of HIRO TM, the planning and production expertise used for the current planning process is digitized and centralized in the pilot. This will enable the introduction of a newly automated planning approach with considerable potential for reducing the turnaround times for the entire Lufthansa Technik overhaul network.

"We are pleased to be taking a fundamental step together with AVIATAR to digitize Lufthansa Technik's aircraft overhaul processes in a groundbreaking way. I am particularly proud that we as a European company can set such important accents in the field of artificial intelligence and automation of MRO processes", said Chris Boos, founder and CEO of Arago.

"With the pilot operation of HIRO TM in the aircraft overhaul division, we are making a quantum leap in the digitization of our processes and services in order to continue to offer our customers the best possible service in the future. The cooperation between AVIATAR and Arago is therefore an important element for our future business success," said Thomas Rueckert, Vice President of Base Maintenance Services at Lufthansa Technik. 


Comprehensive component services for Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 fleet

Total Component Maintenance for a period of ten years

Lufthansa Technik AG and Asiana Airlines from South Korea have signed a new, long-term agreement for Total Component Maintenance (TCM). The contract has a term of ten years starting in April 2018 and covers the nine aircraft in Asiana's Boeing 777-200ER fleet. Component repairs will take place at Lufthansa Technik's workshops in Hamburg.

E-Bae Kim, Executive Vice President Corporate Support at Asiana Airlines, said "We are convinced about Lufthansa Technik's customer-aimed support which already proved its value throughout our long-term partnership. With firm belief of that we have selected Lufthansa Technik as the strategic partner for our 777 components maintenance."

Gerald Steinhoff, Vice President Corporate Sales Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik, adds: "This new agreement further strengthens the long-standing, trustful cooperation between Asiana Airlines and us."

Lufthansa Technik also helps its customer Asiana Airlines build up additional component repair capacities at its headquarters in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The necessary exchanges of information and initial events like training courses have already begun.

Lufthansa Technik and Asiana Airlines have been working together for more than 25 years. Besides the new agreement on component maintenance for the Boeing 777-200ER fleet, Lufthansa Technik also provides an integrated Total Component Support (TCS®) for Asiana's Airbus A320, A330 and A350 fleets as well as V2500 and CF6 engine support and heavy maintenance for Asiana's Airbus A380 fleet. 


Lufthansa Technik and Diehl Aviation plan to cooperate on cabin elements

Complete packages from hardware to services

Lufthansa Technik AG and Diehl Aviation are planning to cooperate on the development, production and installation of cabin elements. After already developing individual cabin monuments together, they thus intend to put their cooperation on a much broader footing. Together, both companies are capable of covering the entire value chain for products – from the first idea to construction through to installation, approval and the logistics process.

Diehl and Lufthansa Technik presented their first joint products at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017 in Hamburg, including a completely redesigned bar module and the integrated High-Density Solution. It comprises the galley, toilet facility and space for the cabin crew and enables operators of Airbus A320 family aircraft to make optimum use of the rear cabin section. The great market response has now prompted the two companies to intensify their cooperation and develop further products together.

"During our work on these products, we experienced the synergies such a cooperation can offer," says Henning Jochmann, Senior Director Engineering in the Aircraft Overhaul and Modification unit at Lufthansa Technik. "While Diehl Aviation has unique know-how when it comes to producing cabin elements, Lufthansa Technik is the expert for modification programs, approval processes, repairs and logistics. Together, we also have considerable potential in the areas of development and engineering."

Lufthansa Technik's network and experience open up new opportunities for Diehl Aviation to develop innovative cabin elements that can give passengers a novel feeling of comfort and sense of space. The partnership between Diehl Aviation and Lufthansa Technik is one of equals and allows the two companies to offer complete solutions.

Since Lufthansa Technik and several important production facilities of Diehl Aviation are located in close proximity to each other in Hamburg and both companies already use shared premises at the ZAL TechCenter (Center of Applied Aeronautical Research), the infrastructure for the development of innovative next-generation cabin products is already there. 


Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico in full swing for new customers in the Americas

Three new base maintenance customers

Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico has won three new customers from the Americas for base maintenance and modifications. The Lufthansa Technik base maintenance facility specializing in Airbus A320 family aircraft located in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, has respectively increased its range of national airworthiness approvals to include Brazil and Chile, in addition to the existing approvals by the U.S. and Canadian authorities. Approval by a further four national authorities in Latin America is currently under review.

In parallel, after rigorous auditing processes, the Puerto Rican facility has also become an approved vendor for three new airline customers. Two new customers are based in Latin America. In March, a C2-check including a WiFi installation was carried out for Avianca Brazil. In summer of this year, C1-checks and C2-checks will be performed on two A319 aircraft of Sky Airline. Allegiant Air is a new customer of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico from North America. Exterior and cabin interior work was performed in Aguadilla on an A320 aircraft.

"Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico is delighted with the recent additions to our customer base. Located strategically in Puerto Rico where we aim to serve customers from both North and South America, we are encouraged by the recent customer acquisitions. Our state-of-the-art facility together with world class processes and a highly motivated, professional team are what we are building our success on," 
said Pat Foley, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico.

Inaugurated in 2015 and Part 145-approved by both the FAA and the EASA, about 300 highly qualified employees are working in the state-of-the-art facility. In 2017, the company achieved its final and expanded configuration with five overhaul lines up and running. 


One year after introduction – AVIATAR on track

New Apps and more than 500 aircraft on the platform

One year after the launch at the MRO Americas in Orlando, AVIATAR, the only existing independent and open digital platform for the aviation industry, is on track with its continuously evolving apps and has now more than 500 aircraft on the platform.

New to AVIATAR is the innovative QuickBoarding feature, which is available for every interested airline within 24 hours. The trial version is free of charge for a few weeks. It allows airlines to experience AVIATAR's user friendly design and the key apps Fleet Management, Condition Monitoring and Reliability Management for efficient technical operations, which have been developed with the feedback of airlines and Lufthansa Technik engineers.

For all MROs and airlines world-wide AVIATAR has recently added three new apps:

MROradar is a digital RFP (Request for Proposal) platform for aircraft base maintenance that offers airlines and MROs to have a lean, efficient and comparable RFP process.

AirGlance digitalizes and streamlines reporting along a Base Maintenance Layover and thus optimizes communication between MROs and airline customers during base maintenance events.

ToolNOW, which was launched in March 2018, is the first online brokerage platform for tool loans in the aviation industry.

The AVIATAR cloud-based infrastructure ensures the highest standard of data security for customer data in compliance with European data protection requirements, in particular for personal data. A Software Development Kit (SDK) is available to all airlines and potential partners.

From 10th to 12th April, Lufthansa Technik will present AVIATAR at its booth (#957) at MRO Americas 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Experts from Lufthansa Technik's Digital Fleet Solutions division will be available for detailed information. Further information can also be found at www.lufthansa-technik.com/aviatar or www.aviatar.com. 


Avianor Inc. and Lufthansa Technik AG sign Cooperation Agreement

Avianor Inc. and Lufthansa Technik A.G. of Hamburg, Germany are pleased to announce the signing of a Cooperation agreement. The agreement provides Avianor with access to Lufthansa Technik's Base Maintenance modular services in the areas of Planning, Engineering, Materials, Logistics and Benchmark performance data.  With Lufthansa Technik's centralized Base Maintenance Services Avianor can benefit from the data and experience of thousands of aircraft maintenance events. Therewith Avianor increases its quotation accuracy and has the potential to greatly improve event TAT due to precise work preparation and enhanced planning and material support.
With these resources at its disposal, Avianor can accelerate its growth, increase customer service and quality and offer clients world class back office support.
"This agreement allows our relatively small MRO to compete more equally with the larger players in our industry," said Earl Diamond, CEO of Avianor. "Being a subscriber to Lufthansa Technik's modular services, Avianor took the first step to be part of Lufthansa Technik's global network". 
"We are pleased to welcome Avianor as Cooperation partner to foster the strategic development for modular services of Lufthansa Technik's Base Maintenance network," said Thomas Rueckert, Vice President Base Maintenance Services at Lufthansa Technik. 
Over the next six months, the roll out of these new services will be completed.
Further developments of already identified potential in other fields of collaboration are planned to widen the range of cooperation in the future.  


New products for more comfort and safety on board

Larger luggage compartments / Bar module for the galley / Compact, lightweight emergency escape slide

Lufthansa Technik AG is presenting different new products for comfort and safety on board at the world's leading trade fair for aircraft cabin equipment, the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. Cabin installations which ensure that even passengers in high-density cabin configurations with a maximum number of seats have enough storage space for their hand luggage are one example.

Additional compartments in the cabin ceiling
Lufthansa Technik can create additional storage space in the cabin through integration of Center Ceiling Stowage+ (CCS+). This product is a stowage compartment offered in conjunction with the Austrian component manufacturer FACC that can be installed in the front or rear of the cabin as well as in the middle. With a load of up to 38.5 kg, the new CCS+ is designed to bear significantly more weight than previous models. This new module is intended especially for objects that are needed infrequently during flight, such as newspapers, the crew's luggage, life rafts, baby cribs or wheelchairs.

More storage for hand luggage
Limited space for hand luggage is an annoyance for both passengers and airlines, especially in cabin configurations with a high number of seats. When there is not enough room for all the hand luggage, the search for space slows down the boarding process. One solution is the installation of significantly bigger doors on the overhead compartments, creating space in one compartment for five rolling suitcases instead of just three. These bigger doors are available for Airbus narrowbody aircraft.

Bar module for the galley
Lufthansa Technik and Diehl Aviation are offering a bar module for the galley. Normally, the installation of an on-board bar is not an option for airlines for reasons of cost and space. However, the pull-out galley bar module, which is only as large as two standard cabin trolleys, makes use of existing space in the galley. It takes very little effort for the cabin crew to create a workspace that can serve as a bar counter, but also, for instance, as a self-service station or a duty-free shop. The new module's design is intended primarily for widebody aircraft.

Lightweight emergency escape slides for maximum seating configurations
Lufthansa Technik offers the installation of weight-saving escape slides for cabin configurations in the Airbus A320 family that have a maximum number of seats. These single-lane slides fulfill all the requirements of safe, rapid cabin evacuation (TSO-C69c), but they weigh 80 kg less than the usual dual-lane escape slides. They were developed and approved jointly with the American manufacturer EAM Worldwide.

Contact partners for Lufthansa Technik's cabin products will be available at the company's booth 6B80 in Hall 6 at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from 10 – 12 April 2018. 


Lufthansa Technik presents SPAIRS for individual cabin refurbishment

Individual repairs and in-house production of aircraft cabin products.

With its newly developed product SPAIRS (Service Provider for Aircraft Interior Refurbishment Solutions), Lufthansa Technik AG is offering a product complementary to its cabin modification services: Customers have the option of  repairing or renewing individual parts or elements of the aircraft cabin, without having to modify the entire cabin.

A special focus is on repairs and the development and manufacture of aircraft interior parts. For instance, floor or wall panels can be repaired or renewed, lavatories and galleys can be modified, and aircraft seat cushions can be replaced. The product portfolio covers the entire aircraft cabin.

"For many of our customers, the aircraft cabin is one of the most important ways they differentiate themselves in a business that is otherwise usually highly standardized. We want to use our newly developed product to lend the cabin a newer, more attractive look," says Thorsten Peters, SPAIRS Sales Manager at Lufthansa Technik.

The service also includes the compilation of the material and its certification. As a production and maintenance operation, Lufthansa Technik can offer both the repair of cabin elements under its EASA Part-145 approval and the development and production of new parts for the cabin, thanks to its EASA Part-21/J and -21/G approvals.

SPAIRS represents Lufthansa Technik's response to customers' individual wishes. The product thus extends the sizable offer of aircraft modifications offered by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg. Customers benefit from a global shop network with a large spectrum of parts for aircraft cabins. 


New product for cabin leasing

"Lease your cabin" for fast, flexible cabin modification

At the world's leading trade fair for aircraft cabins, Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik AG will be presenting "Lease your cabin" – a new offer for fast, easy cabin modification from a single source.

The first product available is the leasing of aircraft seats, which meets, for the first time, the needs of airlines who want to increase the attractiveness of their cabins or adapt their seating configurations quickly and easily. Lufthansa Technik will offer financing, procurement, engineering and the complete material supply for the seats. In the future, this leasing product will also be offered for other cabin elements and be extended to include all airline classes.

"The purchase of a complete aircraft cabin would be a major financial burden, especially for operators of aircraft that are leased for a relatively short period of time," is how Georg Stoffelen, Head of Product Cabin Modification at Lufthansa Technik, describes the situation at many carriers. "At the same time, our new concept also offers a simple solution for airlines that merely want to modernize their cabin layouts at shorter intervals."

As an alternative to the complete financing of a new aircraft cabin for an entire fleet, "Lease your cabin" will be offered as a single-payment service for a change in cabin layout (engineering, seat adaptation, installation material) alongside a monthly leasing payment for the seats themselves. In addition to cost-efficient financing for the lease contract, Lufthansa Technik will organize the installation of the new, lighter-weight seats at any location in Lufthansa Technik's network and provide all the necessary material. The services also include engineering and the necessary documentation, including all regulatory approvals (EASA Part 21J).

Lufthansa Technik works with the renowned aircraft seat manufacturer ZIM Flugsitz GmbH and its global leasing partner CHG-MERIDIAN to provide cabin leasing. The lightweight, innovative economy seats reduce the weight of the cabin and thus fuel consumption. At the same time, more seats can be installed in the cabin without compromising on passenger comfort. For instance, an Airbus A320 can hold 180 seats instead of just 174. This enables airlines to generate higher revenues over the medium term.

The goal for this product is that airline customers can order "Lease your cabin" with a lead time of just three months. The actual modifications can be carried out within two days per aircraft, for example as part of a minor maintenance check. Lufthansa Technik can also take on the task of storing the original cabin interior – a service that is attractive for operators of leased aircraft, because it allows them to restore the cabin quickly to its contractually agreed original state when the aircraft is returned at the end of the lease term.

Other products offered with "Lease your cabin" will include galleys and lavatories in addition to partitions and monuments. Plans currently call for them to be available at the end of the year.

Christian Bienas and Georg Stoffelen will be available at Lufthansa Technik's booth 6B80 in Hall 6 at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from 10 – 12 April 2018.