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China Cargo Airlines extends Lufthansa Technik component support contract

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China Cargo Airlines has extended its contract with Lufthansa Technik that covers component support for the airline’s Boeing freighter aircraft.

Under the 15-year contract, over ten Boeing 777-200 freighters are covered with fully customised and extensive component services. Lufthansa Technik says it will support China Cargo Airlines’ main base in Shanghai with its component service offices in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hamburg to coordinate customer support and ensure 24/7 worldwide AOG services at different locations which are vital for flight operations.

Maintenance, repair and overhaul services will be performed at Lufthansa Technik’s component centres in Hamburg, Germany and Shenzhen, China.

Mr. Liu Gang, Vice President of China Cargo Airlines, highly commended Lufthansa Technik’s service performance level for their existing 747-400F fleet during the past few years: “Our long-term cooperation with Lufthansa Technik started already in 2000 and we have been great partners on the aviation journey for more than two decades. By given fully customised component service scope, we are very confident to continuously rely on Lufthansa Technik in servicing our new 777-200 freighters. ”

“This long-term agreement enhances Lufthansa Technik’s position as a key MRO provider on the Boeing 777 freighter components,” said Dr. Georg Fanta, Head of Commercial Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik. “We also bring a breadth of engineering expertise and extensive experience alongside with our global logistics network to provide seamless support to our customers. ”


Lufthansa Technik to provide component support for mas

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Mexican carrier mas and Lufthansa Technik have signed a comprehensive Total Component Support (TCS) contract. The agreement covers the repair and overhaul of components for mas´s Airbus A330F fleet and governs supply for up to eight aircraft over a period of eight years.

This is the second contract as Lufthansa Technik already supports the Boeing 767F fleet with its TCS product. Luis Sierra, Chief Executive Officer of mas commented: “Our new A330 logistic network is a global network with destinations in Asia, Europe and America. To support our network, we need a global player in technical aircraft services whose experience and reliability we highly value. Lufthansa Technik already proves day by day to deliver first class services, which is required for our operation. This is especially important now that we are on an ambitious fleet expansion plan.”

“We are very pleased to continue our service for mas’s A330F fleet. We are proud to be part of mas’s journey because the Mexican market remains highly competitive,” said Soeren Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik.

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Lufthansa Technik’s AVIATAR reaches carbon-neutral operations

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Lufthansa Technik has announced its digital operations suite AVIATAR is now operating as carbon-neutral. Philip Mende, Vice President Digital Fleet Services at Lufthansa Technik said: “Of course, we are proud to be the pioneer among digital tech ops platforms in launching a carbon-neutral product. But this is just the start for us. On the one hand, we will continue to drive forward the real reduction of emissions in our production in a targeted manner and firmly anchor the topic of sustainability in our product development.

“On the other hand, we intend to conduct further studies in the near future in order to precisely quantify the emission savings that AVIATAR enables for our customers, for example by avoiding technical diversions or by optimising aircraft performance and flight operations. Here, we expect even more impressive figures.”

Lufthansa Technik says CO2 neutrality of its digital product segment is only the first step, and continuous reduction of emissions is a high priority for its four other business segments too. Although neutrality in the rather “classic” industrial segments is much more difficult to achieve than with digital products, Lufthansa Technik says it has set itself ambitious milestones. The CO2 footprint of the entire company is to be reduced by 25% by 2025 and the share of renewable energies is to increase to 50%.

The company has also set other milestones such as increasing recycling rate (to 75%), improving resource efficiency (by 25%), and reducing the chemical footprint (by 25%).

Lufthansa Technik also supports airlines around the world in achieving their sustainability goals, with its sustainability products such as the company’s Cyclean engine wash system and surface technology AeroSHARK.

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Asiana Airlines extends Lufthansa Technik CF6-80 maintenance contract

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Lufthansa Technik has announced that South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines has extended its contract for the repair and overhaul of Asiana’s CF6-80 engines powering the carrier’s Boeing 747 and 767 fleets.

The five-year non-exclusive contract covers a total of 17 B767-300 and B747-400 aircraft and the extension will strengthen Lufthansa Technik’s business in the Asian market and generate a stable workload for the CF6 product line over the next years.

Hoon Bae, General Manager of Aircraft & Supplies Purchasing at Asiana Airlines, said: “There were numerous good reasons to choose Lufthansa Technik as our preferred MRO partner again. With the seamless support and services that have been delivered, we are very confident that Lufthansa Technik will always do their very best to keep us flying.”

Kijung Shin, Corporate Key Account Manager at Lufthansa Technik, said: “We are very proud that Asiana Airlines has decided to extend our trustful co-operation. We look forward to further supporting them with our know-how and engine service capabilities.”

Lufthansa Technik says it also provides component maintenance for the Asiana Boeing 777-200ER fleet, an integrated total component support for the carrier’s Airbus A320F and A350 fleets, and CF6 engine support and heavy maintenance for its Airbus A380 fleet.

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Lufthansa Technik signs global distribution agreement for the RAY product line

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Lufthansa Technik is to become a non-exclusive distribution partner for Aero HygenX’s RAY product line.

Under the terms of the distribution agreement, Lufthansa Technik will act as a sales liaison to airlines, ground handling companies, MRO facilities or service shops looking to acquire the RAY line of autonomous UV-C disinfecting robots for aircraft.

Commenting on the partnership, Max Schramm, Sales Director Canada at Lufthansa Technik said: “At Lufthansa Technik we know that sustainable recovery and safety are paramount for the aviation industry. Our customers are demanding innovative solutions for cabin disinfection to protect their interiors, their passengers, their staff, and the environment. We are very excited to be able to offer safe, autonomous, UV-C disinfection technology to our extensive global network through this distribution agreement with Aero HygenX. The RAY product line meets our stringent quality standards, is environmentally friendly and offers superior defence against the spread of pathogens onboard.”

Aero HygenX CEO Arash Mahin added: “Lufthansa Technik is the global leader in aircraft of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services, so naturally this distribution agreement represents a major step forward for Aero HygenX. We are honoured to have our line of UV-C aircraft disinfection solutions made available to the aviation industry thorough an organisation with such a solid reputation for innovation and safety.”

RAY’s light weight, compact size and motion-sensing technology allow it to be transported easily and to navigate cramped spaces (such as aircraft cabins) without an operator present to guide it. RAY has the ability to disinfect a narrow body aircraft (such as a B737 or A320) in as little as seven minutes and can also be used to treat lavatories, flight deck, and crew rest areas so airlines can fully sanitise aircraft after every flight. Unlike competing disinfection robots, the RAY unit does not require a crew member to move it through the cabin. Furthermore, RAY can be optimised for various aircraft types and comes equipped with HygenX Stream, a customisable software that records and transmits usage data wirelessly to the cloud, providing valuable system health monitoring and status updates to the operator.

An aquarium is just example of projected scene offered by EXPLORER

LHT and Diehl push creative boundaries of VIP cabins

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An aquarium is just example of projected scene offered by EXPLORER

Lufthansa Technik AG and Diehl are to display an enhanced version of their new wide-body VIP cabin concept EXPLORER, at the forthcoming Dubai Air Show (November 14 – 18).

Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show have already had a preview of the design concept which is based on the current trend for superyachts to take their owners nearly anywhere at any time and serve as a personal hotel and base camp for the most diverse kinds of recreational activities and excursions.

Lufthansa Technik’s specialists have chosen the Airbus A330 as the platform for realising these customer wishes in private aviation. As a classic wide-body aircraft, it offers sufficient space for a large number of novel cabin ideas and also a sufficient range to fulfil the special wishes of the EXPLORER target group.

“In yacht building, multifunctional exploration vessels have now become a class in their own right. And many owners of such vessels also call an aircraft their own,” explained Wieland Timm, Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik. “For this fast-growing target group of VIP world explorers, we have therefore now created a flying platform for the first time. Unlike a yacht, however, our EXPLORER aircraft allows passengers to travel to the other side of the globe within hours and set up their own individual base camp for further activities. This opens up completely new possibilities for explorers.”

The EXPLORER concept features a large-scale integrated projection system for virtual content, which extends from the window belt to almost the entire cabin ceiling in the multifunctional lounge area. Lufthansa Technik’s design team integrated Diehl’s projection technology and tailored it specifically to the use in a VIP cabin. By positioning the small, lightweight and passively cooled projectors into the sidewall and ceiling elements, large-scale virtual impressions are created, the content of which customers can configure individually according to their wishes with the help of a corresponding software solution from Diehl.

“By integrating the unique projection system of Diehl, we have created an interior that exploits the technology`s full potential for a VIP cabin,” said Michael Bork, Aircraft Interior Architect in VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik. “It is optimised under technical and aesthetic aspects to provide an adequate framework for bringing a variety of atmospheres and virtual worlds to life, changing the overall look of the cabin by a fingertip.”

“We are proud of the outstanding results of the cooperation with our partners at Lufthansa Technik,” said Harald Mehring, Chief Customer Officer of Diehl Aviation. “The specialists of our two companies have created truly breath-taking worlds for our shared customers, which become almost tangible in the cabin, and which create an exclusive atmosphere.”

The first short teaser shown in Monaco featured an animated underwater world.

Another feature is the floor in the forward fuselage area, which extends outward from the parked aircraft to form a spacious veranda. The main deck cargo hatch on the Airbus A330 freighter, which is now also available as a retrofit solution for passenger versions, opens up the EXPLORER interior to its surroundings, into which passengers can then immerse themselves directly via a platform that can be extended by several meters.

At a height of around four meters above the apron, passengers of the EXPLORER aircraft are offered a unique view of the surroundings.

To ensure that the VIPs’ vehicle fleet can be attractively presented to guests and fellow passengers, the Lufthansa Technik team envisions a special Mobility Lounge in the aft section of the lower deck, which can already be viewed from the main deck through a glass floor. This special area will be created in cooperation with BRABUS, a leading manufacturer of high-performance and luxury automobiles, and will be jointly presented at one of the upcoming trade shows. Via a convenient staircase, the Luxury Mobility Lounge will be easily accessible to passengers from the main deck, even during the flight. It will also cater to the technical needs of the automotive treasures carried on board.

In addition to classic room elements such as bedrooms and guest rooms, bathrooms, offices, dining and conference areas, there are also some new design ideas. Another such highlight is the multifunctional room in the rear of the aircraft. It meets the needs of all those world explorers who do not want to do without their usual fitness and wellness facilities on long-haul flights. For emergencies, this space can also be converted into a flying hospital room.

The design configuration currently showcased is designed for up to 12 VIP passengers. Alternatively, further modular variants with up to 47 passengers are also possible on the basis of this concept. These can include, for example, a much more individual owner’s module with a master bedroom and bathroom as well as an office, but also larger areas for the crew or additional entourage.

Lufthansa Technik will use the EXPLORER concept as an ideas laboratory to further develop and present other ideas and technologies that currently exist only on the drawing board.

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Lufthansa Technik receives BASA-validated STC for China

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Chinese authorities have validated Lufthansa Technik’s EASA STC for in-flight connectivity on Airbus A320 family aircraft.

The EASA STC was validated by CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) based on the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) for Airworthiness and Environmental Certification, a specification of based on the China-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the People’s Republic of China and the European Union.

Validation allows for initial and sub-sequent validations in a defined process, and therefore predictable time frame. It also ensures further validation mechanisms, additionally accelerating the execution of small adjustments for new customers.

“Based on a very light design and more than 300 installations, we can support very fast upgrades in less than four days and high maintenance inspection intervals; together we are offering very low and competitive operational costs to the airlines,” said Lukas Bucher, Head of Connectivity Solutions at Lufthansa Technik.

“Chinese operators can tremendously benefit from our profound experience for in-flight connectivity modifications gained with European aircraft. Thus, we guarantee smooth processes as well as MRO support with reliable time frames,” said Xin Wang, Lufthansa Technik’s Chief Representative in China.

Jia Zhijun, Senior Director of Honeywell Connected Aerospace Asia Pacific said: “The MCS-8420 JetWave Satellite Communications System is designed to connect to China’s Ka-band satellite network. This satellite communications installation enables high-speed cabin Wi-Fi for a better passenger connectivity experience. Additionally, it provides pilots with a better internet connection to support flight planning and management, which will help reduce fleet fuel costs, avoid aircraft delays and further enhance airlines’ competitiveness and profitability in the global aviation market. Honeywell is currently advancing the certificate of MCS-8420 JetWave Satellite Communication Systems applicable to other aircraft models.”

The modular radome installation on the aircraft fuselage is ARINC 791 standard compliant and was optimised by Lufthansa Technik to minimise operational and maintenance costs for the airline. The installation is engineered, fully qualified and certified to meet the harsh conditions of continuous commercial airline operation. This includes, for example, optimised aircraft inspection cycles which are aligned with airframe specific base maintenance programs.

Based on the successful rollout of the JetWave Generation 1 hardware, Honeywell and Lufthansa Technik worked hand in hand to generate a solution for the Chinese market. The joint package includes China-specific adaptions of the Honeywell hardware and Lufthansa Technik’s aircraft integration design and certification suitable for the Chinese market. Various software platforms are available, including the option for airline proprietary solutions so that the respective airline itself has full control. Aircraft specific material kits are available, including a large antenna radome. If needed, Lufthansa Technik offers installation services jointly with local Chinese partners.

Airbus and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have signed a cooperation agreement to co-develop temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions for A330s.

Airbus and Lufthansa Technik to offer temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions

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Airbus and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have signed a cooperation agreement to co-develop temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions for A330s.

Airbus and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have signed a cooperation agreement to co-develop temporary “Cargo in the Cabin” solutions for A330s.

This new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) solution will enable operators to load cargo into the cabins of their A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.

Under the agreement LHT owns the STC and will provide the modification kits for customers, while Airbus’ role as the OEM includes providing technical data, engineering validations and operational calculations. The procedure consists of first removing the seats and then installing industry standard “PKC” pallets and nets on the main deck.

“This new solution combines Airbus’ experience as an aircraft OEM with Lufthansa Technik’s expertise in managing STCs and aircraft upgrades,” said Daniel Wenninger, Head of Airframe Services at Airbus. “In these times of reduced passenger traffic, our customers are looking for quick solutions to temporarily increase cargo transportation capacity in the cabin.”

This new solution offers a volumetric cargo capacity of around 78m3 on the main deck of an A330-200 with 12 PKC pallet positions and 18 nets. Meanwhile, the A330-300’s main deck cargo capacity will be around 86m3 with 15 PKC pallet positions and 19 nets.

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Lufthansa launches Upcycling Collection 2.0

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Lufthansa WorldShop has launched a new product range using recycled materials from retired aircraft.

A collaborative effort between Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik and Miles and More, the new Lufthansa Upcycling Collection 2.0 has been created from valuable parts of the Lufthansa Airbus 320 D-AIPA following 29 years of service, and range in price from £22-£7,010.

New pieces in the 21-piece 2020 collection include the Cabin Door Bar, Speed Brake Coffee Table and Flap Coffee Table. The most exclusive products in the collection are available, the new Wingtip Fence Coffee Table and Slat Sideboard.

Popular items from the 2019 collection have also made a return, including the Flying Coffee table, Wall Bar, Messenger Backpack, Wash Bag and Aviation Tag created from discarded interior materials, including windows, head rests and seat covers.

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Phenom 300E receives certification boost

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Phenom 300E interior

The Phenom 300E from Embraer has been granted Type Certificate by ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil), EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The new Phenom 300E is the most enhanced version of the Phenom 300 series, which was the most delivered business jet series in the 2010s.

The new Phenom 300E has avionics upgrades and enhancements that lower cabin noise levels.

“The triple-certification by ANAC, EASA and the FAA reaffirms the position of the Phenom 300 series as the best light jet ever made, offering the ultimate experience in business aviation,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Phenom 300E owners can be assured of the jet’s performance, with our ongoing commitment to unparalleled technology, safety and comfort.”

In the cockpit, pilot and co-pilot seat tracking has been increased almost 40%, providing additional legroom. The cockpit enables single-pilot operation and offers the advanced Prodigy Touch Flight Deck, based on the acclaimed Garmin 3000 avionics suite. The avionics enhance situational awareness with clear information about speed, altitude, fuel, engine performance and other flight parameters. Additionally, the Phenom 300E offers 4G connectivity via Gogo AVANCE L5.

Passengers can enjoy the best cabin altitude in the category (6,600 ft at FL450) along with a generously-sized baggage compartment. Along with Embraer’s iconic airstair and oversized windows, the 17-ft-2-in-long Oval Lite cabin features new enhancements that reduce cabin noise, plus the already significant head room and aisle space for truly exceptional in-flight comfort. First created for the Praetor 600, the optional Bossa Nova Edition interior is now available in the Phenom 300E.

The cabin design also includes a cutting-edge “backbone of technology” with adjustable lighting, touchscreen monitors and patented flush gaspers. Multiple zones of personalisation and the nice HD by Lufthansa Technik, an advanced cabin control system that offers portable device integration and wireless audio/video streaming, further add to the sophisticated interior.