Lufthansa Technik Gets Contract for China BBJ
Independent completion and refurbishment specialist Lufthansa Technik will be providing cabin outfitting on a new Boeing Business Jet destined for corporate service with the new Beijing Airlines, a subsidiary of Air China.
The center’s Hamburg facility will be the second stop in the BBJ’s journey to China. The first stop is Pats Aircraft Systems in Georgetown, Del., where an auxiliary fuel system is to be installed to increase the range of the executive twinjet.
According to Walter Heerdt, Lufthansa senior v-p of marketing and sales, 2011 has been a busy year for the cabin outfitter, which has already delivered three Boeing 737s. As of mid-May, the hangars held an Airbus A340, an Airbus Corporate Jetliner and a BBJ2.
The BBJ2 is for Freestream Aircraft and the project is expected to start late next year. The interior is being designed by MN Aerospace’s Marc Newson’s London-based Aviation Design Studio. Lufthansa has also recently signed a new contract to outfit an A319 for an Asian customer. The aircraft is expected to arrive in Hamburg early next year.
Lufthansa delivered the last of two A340s outfitted for the German government earlier this year and has some Bombardier Global 5000s remaining to be finished on that particular contract. This year, Lufthansa also expects to take in an A318 Prestige for completion.