Unionized pilots with Lufthansa-owned low-fare carrier Germanwings staged a six-hour strike on Friday after negotiations between the airline and pilots over early retirement benefits broke down. The Vereinigung Cockpit union representing pilots with Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings said it would continue planning industrial actions “until the point of agreement.”
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VIP aircraft services provider Lufthansa Technik has unveiled new offerings for cabin completions and a major corporate investment and reorganization aimed at keeping its pipeline filled with innovative ideas, products and services.
Under its Innovation Boost program, introduced here at the EBACE show, Lufthansa Technik (Booth 5634) is quadrupling its research and development spending, committing €200 million through 2017. The company is also changing its organizational structure to create a better environment for innovation and new product development.
Lufthansa Technik will establish a new aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Puerto Rico for servicing short-haul and medium-haul aircraft. Agreements have now been signed with the government of Puerto Rico and the responsible port authority.
Lufthansa Technik plans to break ground on the new facility within the next three months.
Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Bizjet International is expanding its FBO services at Tulsa International Airport with the refurbishment of one of its hangars into a new terminal. Expected to open this month, the relocated FBO in Hangar 29 on the north side of the airport will have more than 33,000 sq ft of heated aircraft storage space along with a 2,500-sq-ft terminal that will include a passenger lounge, onsite car rental, pilot lounge, kitchen, a large A/V-equipped conference room, snooze rooms, showers and crew courtesy cars.
The first Boeing 787 for private and government customers is slated for delivery by year-end, and Lufthansa Technik has already finished all its preparations for the completion and technical care of the aircraft. The company has positioned itself to provide to the 787 market services such as completion; rotable provisioning and MRO services on nacelle components designed and manufactured by UTC Aerospace Systems’ aerostructures business; and production inspection for airline and private customers.
Lufthansa Technik Middle East Services (LTMES) is expanding its activities in the Middle Eastern aviation market. LTMES bundles the contract partners for sales, logistics, Lufthansa Technical Training and the component business and makes them available in Dubai, said LTMES managing director Ziad al Hazmi.
Spirit AeroSystems and Lufthansa Technik have entered into a multi-year cooperation agreement for the joint provision of repair, overhaul and supply services for the CFM56-7B and GE90-94/-115 thrust reversers and cowlings operated by Lufthansa Technik’s customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik and Spirit AeroSystems will use each other’s repair facilities and capabilities in that region as well as other support elements of the other’s respective repair and overhaul services.
One of Lufthansa Technik’s fastest-growing activities in the Middle East is the Lufthansa Technik Middle East Services (LTMES) facility here in Dubai. LTMES brings together all the capabilities offered by the parent group and makes them available from one regionally focused location.
Lufthansa Technik is developing a next-generation patient transport unit with accompanying oxygen supply and medical equipment interface, it announced at the Dubai air show. The company is also touting its “floor panel hard-points,” designed to enable heavy VIP cabin interiors in carbon-fiber fuselages.
Teaming with the Technical University of Darmstadt, German cabin completion and MRO specialist Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is developing new methods for load transmission into carbon-fiber composite aircraft fuselage structures in executive aircraft.
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