Lufthansa Refocuses Drone Efforts

 - February 11, 2019, 10:11 AM

The Lufthansa Group is restructuring its drone operations, with its Lufthansa Technik subsidiary now tapped as the drone competence center for the entire group. The MRO is charged with responsibility for strategic matters, portfolio management and the correlation of all drone activities within the group. It will represent the group's interests at national and international bodies and take part in the development of binding standards for the drone industry.

As part of the restructuring, Lufthansa Aerial Services and SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik are pooling resources to offer their customers a more comprehensive menu of UAS services. SafeDrone's focus will be on providing technical fleet management and monitoring the condition of drones via SafeDrone Health. Lufthansa Aerial Services is responsible for drone deployments at industrial installations such as wind turbines or electrical power lines. The training opportunities previously offered by SafeDrone and SafeDrone Academy will be continued and further developed by affiliated company Lufthansa Aviation Training beginning in March.   

"The realignment of SafeDrone and the integration of Lufthansa Aerial Services' flight operations allow us to combine existing competencies and focus our drone activities on the growing industrial sector,” said SafeDrone project manager Ulrich Hoffmann.