Lufthansa Technik is offering a new executive shuttle VIP interior concept for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies that offers configurations varying from 20 to 52 passengers for the A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for the Boeing 737. The company has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, from “an all-business/first-class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.”
Lufthansa Technik and Airbus Corporate Jets have renewed an agreement under which they cooperate on cabin designs for the Airbus A318 Elite, extending it to 2020. The agreement started in 2005 when the ACJ318 was launched, with Lufthansa Technik contracted to design the cabin in partnership with Airbus and then to install the cabins in customer aircraft.
A German court has denied Lufthansa’s plea to forcibly end the latest strike by its pilots over a retirement benefits dispute, virtually ensuring that the airline must move ahead with plans to cancel the majority of short- and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and suspend almost all long-haul traffic from that hub. The airline expects to operate about half of its planned short- and medium-haul flights from Munich during the strike period thanks to regional subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline, while roughly half of its mainline flights from Munich continue under a special flight plan published Monday afternoon.
Lufthansa Technik is offering a new “Executive Shuttle” VIP interior concept for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies. The concept, which offers configurations varying from 20 to 52 passengers for the A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for Boeing’s 737, offers a variety of cabin designs within a “manageable budget.”
The German company’s creative design department has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, from “an all-business/first-class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.”
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.
For the past six years, cabin interior specialist and maintenance service provider Lufthansa Technik (LHT, Booth 2289) has been working on a legend. At a specially built hangar at Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine, the German company, in conjunction with its Oklahoma-based Bizjet subsidiary, has been painstakingly restoring one of the last remaining Lockheed L-1649A Super Stars with the expectation that it will someday fly again.
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 is set to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the new Airbus A350. The aircraft received EASA certification on September 30. The spectrum of services covers the entire life cycle of the A350 and includes production inspections, material supply, maintenance and maintenance management as well as engineering services, entry-into-service support and LRU and engine maintenance.
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.
APFT Maintenance Training aviation school and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) have signed a contract for the training of aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program begins in January, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 students from APFT as EASA-qualified aircraft mechanics.
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