Airbus has made Lufthansa Technik’s Mobile Access Router (MAR) a standard option on the A380. The equipment is described as a fully integrated flying office solution that supports telephone, fax, video conferencing, Web browsing, e-mail, wireless local area network and moving-map functions.
Lufthansa Technik is celebrating the arrival at its Hamburg base of the fifth Challenger 850 executive jet. Another dozen are due in the coming months as the result of Bombardier’s initial order for 17, and demand is so brisk that Midcoast Aviation will be completing additional airframes to the LHT design.
Bernhard Conrad, Lufthansa Technik senior vice president, demonstrates the wireless touchscreen remote control that is part of his company’s Nice (networked integrated cabin equipment system) to Kurt Sutterer, Midcoast Aviation president.
Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways has extended its total technical support (TTS) agreement with Lufthansa Technik to include total engine support (TES) valued at more than $70 million.
Just over a year before the renamed and relocated Asian Aerospace International Expo & Congress opens its doors for the first time at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo complex, organizer Reed Exhibitions (Chalet A19) has revealed burgeoning support for its flagship industry event.
Bombardier is forecasting continued growth for the business aviation industry over the next half-decade and is positioning itself to take advantage of the market. Its research suggests that among the market hotspots, super-midsize business jets will be generating the most heat.
Lufthansa Technik has won contracts worth more than $100 million to provide total component support (TCS) and total engine support (TES) for the six Boeing 747-400ER freighters due to be delivered to Chinese start-up Jade Cargo International through January 2008.
ExecuJet Europe next month is opening what it describes as the first dedicated executive aircraft FBO at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. The new operation will expand the existing Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services maintenance facility, in which ExecuJet is a 20-percent shareholder. The round-the-clock FBO will phase in services over the next six months.
Thirty-five years of A300/A310 manufacturing will come to an end next July, when Airbus hands over the last A300-600 on order. Although it collected orders for 821 examples over the life of the program, the A300/310 series has seen flagging deliveries over the past few years as market demand for newer designs progressively overtook Airbus’ original offerings.
The ubiquitous iPod, hardly less in evidence these days than a cellphone, has found its way into the business jet cabin entertainment system. Lufthansa Technik is offering it as part of its Nice digital cabin management and in-flight entertainment system. The iPod has a special docking station in the aircraft that streams the audio output into the Nice system.