The Crystal Cabin Awards are given annually in six categories and a public ceremony in the main exhibitor hall traditionally kicks off the three-day Aircraft Interiors Expo. A total of 52 entrants representing 21 countries were pared down to 21 finalists. The winners were:
Economy of Germany
There were gray clouds overhead during most of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2011, held April 5 to 8 in Hamburg, Germany, but there were silver linings inside the exhibit halls as 7,900 visitors descended on the annual show, comfortably eclipsing last year’s total of 7,300.
Lufthansa Technik Aero Alzey (LTAA) and Air Mauritius have signed an exclusive agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul services of the airline’s ATR fleet powered by the P&WC PW127. The ATRs are used mainly to connect Mauritius with regional islands Rodrigues and Reunion.
Lufthansa has placed a new firm order for eight Embraer E195s for use within the Lufthansa Regional system, the Brazilian manufacturer announced last month. The deal raises the total number of Embraer E-Jets ordered by the German airline to 38.
Lufthansa Technik, best known for its VIP completions of executive-configured Airbus and Boeing airliners, is also showcasing the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) side of its "VIP and executive jet solutions" at the MEBA show (Stand C305).
West Star Named Bonanza Service Center
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced at NBAA it has appointed West Star Aviation (Booth No. 3511) in Grand Junction, Colo., as an authorized service center to support its Beechcraft Bonanza, Baron and King Air models.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS, Booth No. 7536) in a two-day job has installed Lufthansa Technik’s NiceView moving-map system in a Learjet 60XR. The NiceView components were described as “a simple replacement of the existing in-flight entertainment system.” According to LBAS, the installation can be combined with most scheduled inspections, thereby avoiding additional downtime to the charter operation of the aircraft.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services installed a Lufthansa Technik Niceview moving map on a Learjet 60XR. The company completed the installation in two days, during which it also conducted a scheduled inspection to avoid any additional downtime. The Niceview moving-map system provides worldwide, high-resolution 3-D maps and virtual flights.
Lufthansa Technik plans to build a new aircraft maintenance hangar at the future Berlin Brandenburg International airport. The new hangar, which is expected to enter service in 2012, will have three bays for short- and medium-range aircraft. According to the company the facility is slated to be used to maintain Lufthansa aircraft; however, it will have the flexibility to expand to accommodate other customers of Lufthansa Technik in Berlin.
Volvo Aero and Lufthansa Technik will jointly develop new repair methods for structural parts of large commercial aircraft engines. The two companies will also cooperate in the appropriate certification processes, the repair services and the marketing and sales activities for the business.