Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will establish a completions center in Asia, “sooner rather than later,” the company told an ABACE show press conference yesterday. “In the medium term the Chinese market is very interesting,” said Walter Heerdt, the company’s senior marketing and sales vice president. “We have to be here, otherwise we will not get the best share we can out of this market.”
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will establish a completions center in Asia “sooner rather than later,” the company said yesterday at Abace. “In the medium term the Chinese market is interesting,” noted LHT senior marketing and sales vice president Walter Heerdt. “We have to be here, otherwise we will not get the best share we can out of this market.” Heerdt remained tight-lipped as to where the company’s new Asian facility will be located. LHT has three joint ventures in Southeast Asia, including two in China, that provide maintenance services for airliners.
It can be hard to imagine all the possibilities for fitting out business jet cabins. This has prompted cabin interior and maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik to develop the technology to give engineers and technicians a three-dimensional glimpse of what’s possible.
Lufthansa Technik has opened an aircraft component pool storage facility in Singapore. According to the company, the expansion of services in the Asia-Pacific region gives customers enhanced service quality through faster provision times and a regional contact partner. The warehouse, which will be operated by Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, is located near Changi International Airport, enabling swift delivery of aircraft components. In addition to the handling and storage of routine shipments, the facility will handle both AOG shipments and dangerous goods.
Aircraft window shade manufacturer Aerospace Technology Group (ATG) officially opened its new 65,000-sq-ft headquarters and production facility in Boca Raton, Fla., yesterday. Founded in 1998, ATG designs and manufactures electronic window shade systems for airliners and corporate aircraft. Boeing, Airbus, Gulfstream, Cessna and Dassault install ATG’s products on their business jets. Meanwhile, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qantas, among others, have installed ATG’s electronic shades in their business-class and first-class cabins.
The first Boeing 747-8I VIP variant rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday and is expected to enter service with an unidentified Middle East head-of-state operator in 2014, following installation of an executive interior by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany.
Whatever other problems Qantas may have had as an early operator of the Airbus A380, it appears to be benefitting from a new approach to the potentially vexed task of managing spare parts supply.
Weak airline profits are increasing pricing pressure on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. That’s a big challenge–but by no means the only one–facing MRO providers in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, according to Lufthansa Technik chairman August Henningsen. “We’re happy we’re in a growth market, not a shrinking one,” he told a press conference in Singapore yesterday.
Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has opened a third hangar in Manila for work on widebody aircraft. LTP, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and the Philippine MacroAsia Corp., invested $30 million in the construction of the new 91,500-sq-ft hangar, which has a ceiling height of more than 100 feet, large enough for an Airbus A380. The new hangar offers space to work on one widebody and two narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.
Lufthansa Technik is not shying away from India, according to August Henningsen, chairman of the German company’s executive board. His comment to AIN here in Singapore this week comes as its former partner in the country, GMR Group, prepares to operate a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility with partner Malaysian Airlines in Hyderabad,
The German MRO giant pulled out of a tie-up with GMR Group, inked in 2008, last year to set up its own $20 million MRO facility at the new airport in Hyderabad.