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.
Lufthansa Technik is juggling a schedule that has interior completion and refurbishment projects rolling in and out of its Hamburg facilities with a frequency that threatens to wear out the hangar doors.
The Swiss-based business aviation sales and services provider ExecuJet announced at EBACE on Monday the opening of new offices in Moscow, Mumbai and Beijing. The move is described as the first step to the establishment of more extensive facilities in India, China and Russia, where business aviation is growing at a rapid pace.
When Lufthansa started offering executive jet flights through its subsidiary Lufthansa Private Jet in March 2005, the intention was to carry first-class passengers to and from its hub airports in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, providing a seamless connection with scheduled services. The airline was also offering point-to-point flights between some 1,000 European airports.
Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 447) is investing “around €10 million” in a new research-and-development center for its Cabin Innovation business unit at its Hamburg, Germany headquarters. Construction has already begun and the maintenance, completions and refurbishment giant expects to move into the 70,000-sq-ft, five-story facility in December this year.
On April 22, Airbus’ new Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) delivered its first aircraft–a VIP-configured A320 to a private customer. The manufacturer has invested more than $10 million in modernizing and expanding its new completions center in Toulouse.