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.
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Lufthansa Technik’s newly established Mobile Aircraft and Cabin Services (Macs) team has already completed several maintenance events at the home bases of different executive jet customers. According to the company, Macs is designed to maximize the availability of executive aircraft and reduce the cost for smaller scheduled maintenance checks.
Lufthansa Technik’s new VIP cabin quick-change kit allows operators to switch a narrowbody commercial airline interior to VIP configuration overnight. The kit eliminates the need for an operator to maintain a VIP aircraft permanently in that configuration, adding the flexibility to fly commercial passengers then quickly switch to a customized VIP interior.
Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik Group reports that it recorded a small increase in revenue and stable profits last year. “We are investing in Germany while expanding our involvement in the international growth markets with sites in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and, increasingly, America,” August Henningsen, CEO, told AIN.
Lufthansa Technik has expanded its composite workshop at its airframe related components (ARC) facility in Hamburg, Germany, to handle repairs of large composite components. The company installed a new autoclave featuring a five-meter (16.3-foot) interior diameter, and this allows curing of the largest jet engine fairings, flaps and radomes using heat and pressure.
Lufthansa Technik has opened a new aircraft maintenance and component services facility on the Italian airport Malpensa. Lufthansa Technik Milan (LTMIL) is offering component and planned maintenance services up to A checks, aircraft-on-ground support and troubleshooting.
The first Bombardier Global Express 8C check has been performed in Europe by Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS), a joint venture of Lufthansa Technik, Bombardier and ExecuJet.
The work included dismantling the aircraft’s cabin, overhauling the landing gear and inspecting and modifying structures and systems. The Berlin-based MRO, which specializes in Bombardier business aircraft, completed the project in eight weeks.
Berlin-based LBAS, a joint venture among Lufthansa Technik, Bombardier and ExecuJet, has completed its first major overhaul event, an 8C check, on a Bombardier Global Express for an unidentified Spanish customer. The MRO completed the task in eight weeks. Equivalent to a D check for large commercial aircraft, the 8C check is the Global Express’s largest regular maintenance event and is required after 10 years of flight operations.
Kingdom Holding Company has backed away from an agreement that would have allowed MAV Aircraft Services of Dallas/Fort Worth to do the interior completion of an Airbus A321 for the Saudi operator. As of early last month, the airplane and interior components had been moved for storage to a nearby hangar belonging to Phazar Aerocorp at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport.
The three companies–Lufthansa Technik, Bombardier Aerospace and ExecuJet Aviation Group–that operate the joint venture Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) have agreed to modify and extend the terms of their arrangement and continue operating the maintenance company that they started more than 10 years ago.