Air Routing International has teamed up with Arinc and Lufthansa Technik Ag in separate ventures, the company announced. Air Routing and Arinc are offering bizjet operators “a portfolio of more than 25 flight services for business aviation under the trade name Arinc Direct,” said the Annapolis, Md. company, a datalink provider.
BizJet International, on the strength of its acquisition last fall by Lufthansa Technik and “exceptional growth” over the past year, sees continued growth in the future. At a press conference yesterday, company president and CEO Peter Loeb noted as one example record demand for JT15D engine overhaul and repair. “By the end of September, the year will have been the best year in the company’s history for JT15D overhaul and repair,” he said.
Passengers on business jets equipped by Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 2341) will soon be flying “fully networked,” thanks to an agreement signed here yesterday by the Hamburg, Germany-based company with Cisco Systems.
Hamburg, Germany-based maintenance, repair and overhaul, and business jet completion provider Lufthansa Technik yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with flight support and ground handling specialist Air Routing International of Houston for mutual customer support.
Airbus has appointed Rockwell Collins as the avionics supplier of reference for its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ). Under the deal announced here yesterday, all ACJs will be delivered with Collins communications, navigation and surveillance equipment–unless otherwise specified by the customer.
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has expanded capacity at its Hamburg, Germany completions center and now offers a dedicated production line for large airliner-class VIP jets and four lines for its branded XXL Class interiors for the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jetliner. Starting in 2003, the company will offer XXL Class completions on Fairchild Dornier’s Envoy 7, which is a derivative of its 728JET regional airliner.
German customs authorities have awarded Lufthansa Technik Logistik authorized economic operator (AEO) status in recognition of the company’s adherence to comprehensive security and safety guidelines laid down by the European Union.
Boeing’s planned Connexion airborne broadband data service was dealt a damaging blow last month when its three largest customers–American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines–abruptly withdrew from the project in the face of their own fiscal difficulties. As a result, Boeing is left with no equity partners in the venture and only one customer, Lufthansa, for the fledgling in-flight Internet and e-mail service.
With scheduled airline traffic, holiday charter and business flying growing at euphoric rates, airport capacity shortage lurks at many of Europe’s conurbations. This evolution makes it essential for the business aviation community to contribute to keeping smaller airports open, because they may soon be the only places where executive jets can land.
Lufthansa Private Jet is showcasing the first aircraft of its own fleet here at the EBACE static display area. Shown in the Cessna CJ3 cabin are Dr. Gerald Wissel, head of Lufthansa Private Jet (left), with Roger Whyte, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Cessna. See full story on page 64.