British airline group bmi has signed two new agreements with Lufthansa Technik. Under the terms of the first agreement Lufthansa Technik will continue to supply base maintenance services for 41 aircraft of the complete bmi and bmibaby fleets, which include 25 Airbus A320s, two A330s and 14 Boeing 737s. The contract calls for more than 200 C checks to be performed over the next seven years.
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new company–IDair–made its trade-show debut last month at Ebace. The backbone of the IDair system is a combination of the Panasonic eX2 with components from Lufthansa Technik’s networked, integrated cabin equipment (Nice) system.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (Stand 43) has secured Part 145 approval to perform maintenance services for Bombardier Challenger 604/605s registered in Qatar. An undisclosed customer has signed a maintenance agreement with LBAS and plans to use the company’s services when flying in Europe. In addition to aircraft maintenance services, LBAS provides interior modifications as well as service for engines and avionics.
Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics have formed a 50-50 joint venture in executive/VIP cabin electronics, and the new stand-alone company–IDair (Innovation Design for the Air)–is making its trade show debut at EBACE 2011 (Stand 167).
“It’s our big bang,” said IDair CEO Andrew Muirhead, IDair, of the EBACE introduction. “The independent company was founded in April and we are now open for business.”
Lufthansa Technik’s VIP and Executive Jet Solutions Division is now offering what it claims is a new standard in sleep comfort in the form of its Flexidreamer mattress for executive/VIP aircraft. The claim is based on Lufthansa Technik proprietary and patented development and “not only sets new standards in comfort, but also satisfies all aviation authority requirements.”
Lufthansa Technik (Stand 443) can be counted on for something that expands the cabin envelope, so to speak. This time it’s a Recline Excite 700iSP ergometer (exercise bicycle) from Technogym, modified for in-flight use on aircraft.
At last month’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Lufthansa Technik (Stand 443) was one of the winners in the Crystal Cabin Awards. It would seem that something as simple as photoluminescent emergency floor-path lighting would offer little room for improvement. But the new technology contains more than just a few improvements.
Photo-luminescent emergency floor-path lighting seems so simple that it appears at first glance there’s little room for improvement, but Lufthansa Technik has done that and more. At the Crystal Cabin Awards judging in Hamburg, Germany, in April, the new technology was presented with little fanfare as non-electrical and maintenance-free. But it is much more than that.
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:
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.