German completion and refurbishment giant Lufthansa Technik is building a research and development center for its cabin innovation business division in Hamburg. The company estimates the investment at about $15.4 million. In addition to offices, the center will contain testing laboratories and display areas for new products under development.
Construction has begun on a new aircraft engine overhaul hangar in Hamburg to support an expansion of Lufthansa Technik’s production capacity in Germany. More than $76 million will be invested at the company’s home base over the next few months. The first engines will be overhauled at the new facility early next year.
German airline Lufthansa has ordered two Cessna Citation CJ3s and two Citation XLS+s for its Private Jet service, which offers connections and point-to-point travel to first-class passengers in Europe. With regional jet conversions and reallocation of previously ordered aircraft, this will bring to nine the total number of aircraft available for Lufthansa Private Jet.
A Lufthansa Boeing 737 recently became the first aircraft to use mode-S capability to transmit its radar identification (flight ID), without the use of a secondary surveillance radar (SSR) code. The 737 flight crew was able to automatically correlate the aircraft’s electronic flight plan data by entering a 24-bit code into the aircraft computer.
German-based airline Lufthansa has ordered two Cessna Citation CJ3 and two Citation XLS+ business jets for its Private Jet service, which offers connections and point-to-point travel to first-class passengers in Europe. The new fleet will also include three Citation CJ1+s that were part of an earlier Lufthansa order for training purposes. All Cessna deliveries are expected between this month and December.
Lufthansa Technik’s Asia Pacific joint ventures are expanding in line with the region’s air transport growth. Ameco Beijing (Stand No. D78) is due to inaugurate the biggest maintenance hangar in Asia next month, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (Stand No. H65) has opened a second widebody hangar in Manila and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen has added new capabilities.
The world’s airlines may have made $5.6 billion profit last year and achieved record load factors of 77 percent but Lufthansa Technik CEO August Wilhelm Hennigsen said here yesterday, “With fuel at $100 a barrel and the smell of recession coming from the U.S. the question is whether the industry will continue to grow.”
Stuttgart, Germany-based DC Aviation (formerly known as DaimlerChrysler Aviation) replaced NetJets in December as the executive jet service provider for Lufthansa Private Jet (LPJ), the business jet division of Deutsche Lufthansa. The Germany-based airline and NetJets Europe terminated their partnership last year, but there is disagreement about the effective date.
Air Dolomiti president and majority shareholder Alcide Leali last month announced his intention to exercise an option to sell 31.2 percent of the regional airline’s shares to German flag carrier Lufthansa. The estimated E40 million ($42.5 million) transaction, scheduled to take effect on April 16, would give Lufthansa a controlling stake in the Italian regional airline.
Boeing has been inundated by requests from business jet operators for information about its Connexion broadband satellite communications system since the widely publicized trial launch of the service in January aboard a Lufthansa 747-400.