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Lufthansa Technik spells out completions surge

8th October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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LUFTHANSA Technik has detailed the surge of demand that has prompted it to develop a third widebody completions line in Hamburg and to shift some narrowbody work to its Bizjet subsidiary in Tulsa, Arizona.

“The demand for completions of Boeing and Airbus widebodies has risen dramatically,” chairman August Henningsen said at the NBAA show in Orlando earlier this week. He revealed that the company currently holds contracts for two Airbus A330s and two A340s, to be completed by 2011, and letters of agreement for three Boeing 747-8s and three 787-8s, to be completed by 2018. LHT is also negotiating for another six 787s and a further five 747-8s.

“The main focus of our expansion in Hamburg is on large and very large private aircraft,” he continued. “So we are moving some of our narrowbody completions to our subsidiary Bizjet in Tulsa, and some VIP maintenance work to our new subsidiary Lufthansa Technik Switzerland in Basel.”

The new single-aisle facilities in Tulsa – there are due to be three lines in use by 2011 - will begin putting standardised cabins into Airbus A318 Elites next May before moving on to handle other types as well. Lufthansa Technik has delivered three A318 Elites, for which it is the exclusive interiors provider, and is working on four more. “Our single-aisle lines in Hamburg are fully booked until 2012 but demand is still growing,” commented Henningsen.

Bizjet currently offers a full range of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for VIP and business aircraft. While it has so far concentrated on Gulfstreams, Dassault Falcons and Learjet models, it has the capacity to handle narrowbodies and has already begun to win business in that sector.

This year it has worked on two Boeing BBJs, one belonging to a private customer, the other to a government customer. As well as being maintained, the aircraft underwent major cabin work that included a complete refresh of the IFE systems. A third aircraft is currently receiving a full cabin refurbishment and is due to be returned to the customer by the end of the year.

 


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