Hundreds of exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in Hamburg, Germany from April 9 to 11, are from the business aviation sector. Among some 60 new exhibitors is Satcom Direct, a global satellite communications provider. Other exhibitors range from smaller suppliers such as U.S. window treatment specialist Lou Martin & Associates to heavyweights such as cabin completion and MRO provider Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg.
Lufthansa Technik Switzerland in Basel has been unable to sustain its operations and will be closing its two line maintenance and logistics services businesses at the end of April.
“We will no longer have any operations at Basel Airport. We’re leaving the facility permanently,” a spokesman for the MRO told AIN. According to the company, the plant closure will lead to 31 job terminations, though another 29 employees will transfer to Swiss at the Basel site.
R2 Aerospace, a new company established by Rick Richardson, the former Yankee Pacific Aerospace (YPA) vice president of business development and founding shareholder, will pursue new opportunities in aircraft industry manufacturing and the maintenance, repair and overhaul sector in Tulsa, Okla. Richardson has extensive experience across all aspects of large aircraft interior completions.
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will establish a completions center in Asia, “sooner rather than later,” the company told an ABACE show press conference yesterday. “In the medium term the Chinese market is very interesting,” said Walter Heerdt, the company’s senior marketing and sales vice president. “We have to be here, otherwise we will not get the best share we can out of this market.”
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will establish a completions center in Asia “sooner rather than later,” the company said yesterday at Abace. “In the medium term the Chinese market is interesting,” noted LHT senior marketing and sales vice president Walter Heerdt. “We have to be here, otherwise we will not get the best share we can out of this market.” Heerdt remained tight-lipped as to where the company’s new Asian facility will be located. LHT has three joint ventures in Southeast Asia, including two in China, that provide maintenance services for airliners.
It can be hard to imagine all the possibilities for fitting out business jet cabins. This has prompted cabin interior and maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik to develop the technology to give engineers and technicians a three-dimensional glimpse of what’s possible.
Weak airline profits are increasing pricing pressure on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. That’s a big challenge–but by no means the only one–facing MRO providers in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, according to Lufthansa Technik chairman August Henningsen. “We’re happy we’re in a growth market, not a shrinking one,” he told a press conference in Singapore yesterday.
Lufthansa Technik is not shying away from India, according to August Henningsen, chairman of the German company’s executive board. His comment to AIN here in Singapore this week comes as its former partner in the country, GMR Group, prepares to operate a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility with partner Malaysian Airlines in Hyderabad,
The German MRO giant pulled out of a tie-up with GMR Group, inked in 2008, last year to set up its own $20 million MRO facility at the new airport in Hyderabad.
Lufthansa Technik is now the sole owner of used aircraft spare parts supplier AirLiance Materials. The acquisition was completed when Lufthansa Technik acquired the shares previously held by minority owners United Airlines and Air Canada.
Lufthansa Technik and NAS-Holding of Saudi Arabia are expanding their relationship. Since the two companies signed a 10-year cooperation agreement in September 2010 Lufthansa Technik has supported NAS’s technical business, NAS-Tech, in developing capacity for maintenance and smaller overhauls. Lufthansa Technik has also taken over maintenance services for the engines and components of the entire NAS fleet.