The German government’s Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) has named Lufthansa Technik AG the prime contractor for modernization of the medium-range fleet of the Ministry of Defense’s Special Mission Wing. The BWB has been negotiating contractual terms with Lufthansa for the procurement, completion and technical support of two Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliners and four Bombardier Global 5000s.
Lufthansa Technik’s completion center has signed letters of commitment to complete two widebody Airbus A330-200s for undisclosed customers. The first is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Hamburg, Germany completion center early next year and the second around the end of 2009. The company (exhibiting at Booth No. 1327) is capable of completing VIP jets up to the size of an Airbus A380.
Lufthansa and DHL today announced their establishment of a yet unnamed joint cargo airline to serve the fast-growing trade between Europe and Asia. The companies plan to base the opera-tion in Leipzig, Germany, and open for business in early 2009 with a fleet of 11 leased Boeing 777-200LRF freighters.
Airbus remains tight-lipped on the subject of what it calls the A380 “Flying Palace,” but that hasn’t kept rumors from swirling or designers from developing proposals for a cabin on two levels with some 6,800 sq ft of living space.
When Airbus tentatively entered the corporate jet market a decade ago with the ACJ, its expectations for the airplane were modest. Success would be measured in single-digit sales primarily to wealthy individuals in the Middle East who dreamed of creating miniature flying palaces.
Airfoil Services of Malaysia, a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Lufthansa Technik, has moved into a new production facility about four times the size of its original location. The new facility, located in Kota Damansara, near Kuala Lumpur, represents an investment of about $14 million. There are currently 350 employees, and that number is expected to increase by about 150 over the next few years.
Fairchild Dornier Aero Industries has filed for bankruptcy protection in a German district court, virtually ensuring the end of the latest attempt to resuscitate the long-foundering 728 regional jet. The company’s primary shareholder, Chinese investment firm D’Long, has cut off all funding for the enterprise after subsidiary D’Long Europe failed to attract any serious interest from outside investors.
Beginning in January, PrivatAir will offer daily flights between Zurich and Newark Liberty International Airport, N.J., in partnership with Swiss International Airlines.
Lufthansa has selected Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, to supply its APS 3200 auxiliary power unit (APU) for 30 new single-aisle Airbus aircraft. The company has also recently delivered the first production-configuration secondary electric power distribution center (SEPDC) chassis assembly for the Airbus A400M military airlifter.
CMC Electronics has signed a contract with Lufthansa for cockpit upgrades to the CMA-9000 flight management system in the German air carrier’s fleet of 14 Airbus A300-600s. The retrofit product includes a larger navigation database, improved performance optimization and increased datalink capability, according to CMC. The initial installations of the dual CMA-9000s by Lufthansa Technik are scheduled to begin in early 2009.