Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has expanded capacity at its Hamburg, Germany completions center and now offers a dedicated production line for large airliner-class VIP jets and four lines for its branded XXL Class interiors for the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jetliner. Starting in 2003, the company will offer XXL Class completions on Fairchild Dornier’s Envoy 7, which is a derivative of its 728JET regional airliner.
Last year, LHT invested about $2.4 million in production equipment for corporate completions. The 58,000-sq-ft facility now employs 123 people. Most cabin furnishings are now made in-house to maximize the degree of customization available.
Also last year, LHT delivered three BBJs and two ACJs and completed the first-ever Boeing 777 twinjet with a VIP cabin interior. This year, the company is projected to deliver another six aircraft (including five XXL Class), followed by eight aircraft next year.
The 2001 and 2002 workload includes the first part of an order from Boeing NetJets to complete up to 30 BBJs for the joint venture’s fractional-ownership program. The first of these was delivered in August, with two more to follow before year-end. To date, 11 of the BBJ completions are firm orders from Boeing NetJets. These jets originally had been slated to receive paint and interiors at Raytheon Integration Systems in Waco, Texas, but long delays led to a decision by NetJets operator Executive Jet to switch to LHT.
LHT also offers customized maintenance, repair and overhaul packages for corporate and private aircraft operators, including a 24-hr AOG response anywhere in the world. The company currently supports some 30 business aircraft, as well as a number of government and head-of-state flight departments.