Lufthansa Technik, the Hamburg, Germany-based maintenance, overhaul and interiors completion and refurbishment giant, continues to expand its U.S. presence. First it acquired BizJet International in Tulsa, Okla., then established a nearby interiors engineering design office. Now Lufthansa has announced it will open a widebody business jet completion hangar at Tulsa International Airport.
While the business aviation industry continues to show signs of a steady recovery, U.S. companies are facing new market challenges, one in the form of a dollar that is weaker than the euro, and another in the tougher visa regulations implemented after 9/11.
The German government gave the green light to sell to the public 74.9 percent of DFS, the agency operating the country’s ATC system. Shares of DFS will not be available before next year, with details of the privatization to be worked out this year. A government spokesman said there would be no restriction on who could purchase stock, and Lufthansa chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber told Reuters news agency that
Landmark Aviation’s Associated Air Center delivered its seventh Airbus Corporate Jetliner last month and has contracts for three more. Its total of 12 ACJ cabin completion orders makes Associated the preeminent ACJ interiors shop in the U.S., but it is not the only one.
Kerry Trosper was named general manager for Landmark Aviation’s Wichita Falls, Texas FBO. He was most recently line service manager at Kerrville Aviation in Kerrville, Texas. James Wilson was named general manager of the Dulles, Va. location. He was previously sales manager for Landmark Aviation’s charter and management business.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner family has just grown bigger, with the introduction of its newest member, the smaller A318 Elite. The Elite offers less range (up to 4,000 nm) and a shorter cabin than the Airbus 320. Airbus said Germany’s Lufthansa Technik will outfit the Elite with a choice of two cabin layouts seating up to 14 and 18 passengers, respectively, with seats clustered in several lounge areas throughout the cabin.
Zurich-based charter company Comlux took possession last month of an Airbus A318 Elite, making it the first to operate the type. The aircraft will be outfitted with a VIP cabin that seats up to 18 passengers by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, which is due to deliver the completed aircraft this quarter. The Elite is a 4,000-nm-range jet intended to compete with the Gulfstream G550 and Global Express.
PrivatAir has ordered the first 787 Boeing Business Jet but has yet to decide whether to use the widebody for executive charter services, corporate shuttle operations or scheduled all-business-class flights on behalf of an airline. The Swiss group is set to receive the aircraft in 2012, by which time it will have decided on the cabin configuration and selected a completions supplier.
Air France Industries (AFI) and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) are joining forces in Airbus A380 component support, the two companies announced at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport on Friday. The two arch rivals in the European maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market have created a joint venture called Spairliners. They are targeting a 30-percent market share within three years.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and Lufthansa Technik CEO August Henningsen yesterday celebrated the signing of agreements whereby Lufthansa will provide engine maintenance and live TV installations for select aircraft operated by the Arabian flag carrier.