Dr. Johannes Bussmann will take over as the chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik from August Wilhelm Henningsen on April 1 next year. Henningsen has been the chairman of the executive board since 2001. The supervisory board of Lufthansa Technik appointed Bussman to the position on September 15.
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After years of struggling with conventional 16-g VIP aircraft seat designs, Lufthansa Technik (Booth 2289) has developed its own proprietary seat structure design that uses carbon-fiber construction and eschews the bulky appearance and boxy pedestal surrounds of existing designs. Lufthansa did a “soft launch” of its new seat concept at EBACE in May, but is making a splashier showing here at NBAA. The new structure is scalable and can trim as much as 40 pounds from the weight of a finished seat, according to the company.
Lufthansa Technik today promoted Walter Heerdt as senior vice president for VIP and executive jet solutions. He succeeds Dr. Hans Schmitz, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of Lufthansa Technik’s VIP division. Heerdt has headed the German company’s marketing and sales department since 2003. He joined Lufthansa in 1979 as a manager in the engine services division before rising through the ranks and eventually being named senior vice president of marketing and sales for the entire Lufthansa Technik Group 11 years ago.
The supervisory board of Lufthansa Technik has appointed Dr. Johannes Bussmann, 45, the new chairman of the executive board. He replaces August Wilhelm Henningsen, who will retire next year. Bussmann has been the member of the executive board responsible for human resources, engine and VIP Services since September 2012. In 1999 he moved from the ABB Group to Lufthansa Technik and began his career in the product development and sales division.
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.”
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.
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