Lufthansa brings German Olympic team back to Germany from Rio de Janeiro

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

The German Olympic team has returned home, landing on time at 11.10 a.m. local time at Frankfurt Airport with flight number LH 511. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK was specially branded in a custom “Olympia Siegerflieger“ design. Around 250 athletes were on board, amongst them gold medal winners in beach volleyball Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, double-gold canoeist Sebastian Brendel, the gymnasts who won bronze with Sophie Scheder and many others.

After landing at Frankfurt Airport and taking a photo of their arrival in front of the plane, the German athletes went with a police escort directly to Frankfurt downtown to Römer Square, where they are welcomed by Federal President Joachim Gauck.

More than 50 international Olympic delegations use the services offered by the Lufthansa Group. The official Swiss Olympic delegation is also travelling back today on SWISS flight LX 93 from Rio de Janeiro to Switzerland. The Boeing 777-300ER will be ceremoniously received at Zurich airport with a shower of water. Among the passengers the gold medallists in the lightweight men’s four rowing and the mountain biker Nico Schurter are on board.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa celebrates 60 years of flying to Rio de Janeiro

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

On 15 August, at the start of the second week of the Olympic Games, Lufthansa celebrates its 60th anniversary of scheduled service to Brazil. In 1956, a Lockheed Super Star with 48 first-class seats flew from Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro in a total 26 hours with three stopovers. In the meantime, the flight time with a Boeing 747-8 has more than halved with now around eleven hours.

Lufthansa is using the occasion of this anniversary to deepen its commitment to the city and its inhabitants and to fulfil its responsibility as an internationally active aviation group. As a sign of its social corporate responsibility, employees of the Lufthansa Group are renovating the non-profit Centro Comunitário Paulo da Portela (CCCP) vocational training centre in Rio de Janeiro. The centre in Oswaldo Cruz has been sponsored by Help Alliance, Lufthansa’s non-profit employee organisation, since 2011. The renovation work is being supported by Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann, the reigning Olympic champions in beach volleyball. In the CCCP, young people will receive a vocational education and will be prepared, among other things, for university entrance examinations.

Since its foundation by Lufthansa employees in 1999, Help Alliance has been committed to its work in Central and Latin America. Today, the association supports around 40 aid initiatives internationally. For each project, employees of the Lufthansa Group voluntarily take responsibility in cooperation with local partners who have many years of experience in development co-operation. The aid initiatives are funded solely by donations.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa marks its presence at ILA Berlin Air Show 2016 with sustainability and technological innovations

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Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Next Saturday (June 4th, 2016), Lufthansa will bring to ILA Berlin Air Show 2016 two state-of-the-art aircraft and will provide information about sustainable mobility. The first Airbus A320neo produced worldwide (D-AINA) will land at 09:10 AM CEST, followed by a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, better known as the Fanhansa “Siegerflieger” or “Winner’s Plane” (D-ABYI) at 09:35 AM CEST. The public will be able to visit the cabin of the 747-8I, while the A320neo will be part in the flight program at 02:30 PM CEST.

It will be conducted a presentation of the Airbus A320neo and further technological advances, for example, the software program OMEGA. On this way, the airline supports this year motivation from ILA; “Sustainability and Technological Innovation”. The Lufthansa Group consistently pursues the “Four Pillar Strategy” for climate protection, which consists of technological, operational, infrastructural and economic measures.

Lufthansa Group has been committed to climate research for over 20 years. The visit of both aircraft this year at ILA is CO2 neutral, which means Lufthansa compensates the emissions produced by means of a donation to the climate protection organization myclimate. The airline’s passengers have been able to offset the individual CO2 emissions caused by air travel since 2007. The Lufthansa Group subsidiaries, Austrian Airlines and Swiss, offer their customers relevant compensation programs.

The Lufthansa Group is performing the biggest fleet renewal program in the group’s history and invests in highly efficient and quiet aircraft. On the end of the year, Lufthansa will receive its first Airbus A350 XWB, a modern and fuel-efficient airplane. By 2025, the Lufthansa Group will have received 251 latest generation aircraft at a list price of approximately 40 billion Euros. This year alone a total of 52 brand new aircraft are to be delivered to the Lufthansa Group.

Lufthansa Technik delivers first of three VVIP Boeing 747-8 aircraft

Courtesy: Lufthansa Technik.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Technik.

Following a completion period that lasted more than two years, Lufthansa Technik’s Completion Center in Hamburg has returned the first of three Boeing 747-8s currently being converted by the company back to an undisclosed customer. This project was one of the most complex undertaken by Lufthansa Technik in its long history of completions owing to a cabin size of some 440 square meters and the wide ranging requirements on the part of the customer in terms of equipment and quality. The company is the only center in the world to convert three Boeing 747-8 in parallel into VVIP aircraft.

“The completion of this 747-8 allowed us to demonstrate all of our skills and competencies,” commented Walter Heerdt, who heads the VIP & Executive Jet Solutions division. “It is the most extraordinary aircraft that we have completed to date, featuring an unprecedented high level of elegance. It is only thanks to the many years’ experience, professionalism and passion of our employees that we are able to deliver such unique products to our customers.”

The entire cabin is individually designed and equipped with the highest quality furniture, fabrics and more than 300 different finishing materials. Every part installed in the aircraft is custom-made and manufactured by hand. The cabin includes a large conference room, a large lounge, bedroom and several bathrooms with showers. The integrated and highly complex cabin management and on-board entertainment system offers the latest standard in entertainment facilities, including broadband Internet, GSM, WLAN, Live TV and satellite communication for example.

Lufthansa Technik’s product division VIP & Executive Jet Solutions has approximately 1,600 employees at various locations in Europe and the U.S. The company’s headquarters and its largest site are located in Hamburg, where approximately 600 employees work in the Completion Center and another 550 in VIP Maintenance. Lufthansa Technik cares for Lufthansa Passage Airlines’ entire 747 fleet and therefore has in-depth experience in the maintenance and repair of these aircraft types. These services are also specially adapted by the company for VIP customers. Overall, Lufthansa Technik has already performed more than 80 completions of medium and long-haul aircraft.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Boeing, Korean Air celebrate the delivery of airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental

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Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Korean Air today marked the delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental. The new fuel-efficient jet is the first of 10 747-8 passenger airplanes the carrier has on order.

“This new aircraft delivers better fuel economy,” said Walter Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Korean Air. “That is important to a global airline such as ours. And it supports our goal to build and operate a first-class fleet of world-class aircraft.”

With this delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven 747-8 Freighters.

“Korean Air has been a valued Boeing customer for more than 40 years and we are honored to celebrate yet another milestone delivery together with their first 747-8 Intercontinental,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “As one of the few airlines that have operated almost all models of the 747 family, we are excited that Korean Air is extending the tradition with our newest 747-8 Intercontinental. I am confident that the 747-8 will continue to play an important role in Korean Air’s long-term success.”

Korea’s flag carrier currently operates a fleet of 87 Boeing passenger airplanes that includes 737, 747 and 777s. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

With a range of 7,730 nautical miles (14,310 km), the 747-8 Intercontinental offers 16 percent savings in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30 percent less noise. The airplane also features an all-new, 787 Dreamliner-inspired interior that includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort.

Korean Air’s jet is configured with 368 seats and features the brand new First Class Kosmo Suite 2.0, which include a sliding door and higher partitions to provide added privacy for passengers. The suites are also equipped with updated in-flight entertainment systems, with large 24-inch high-definition monitors and new handheld touch remotes.

The airline’s Business Class Prestige Suites will feature staggered seating and privacy panels, along with 18-inch high definition touch screens.

Korean Air’s Aerospace Division is a key Boeing partner on both the 747-8 and 787 programs, supplying the distinctive raked wing-tips for each model. They are also one of two suppliers producing the new 737 MAX Advanced Technology (AT) Winglet.

Korean Air, with a fleet of 161 aircraft, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, and operates more than 430 flights per day to 128 cities in 45 countries. It is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance, which together with its 20 members, offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,000 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

Source: Boeing.

Lufthansa passa a contar com unidade de cuidados intensivos em todas as rotas de longa distância

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

A partir deste mês, a unidade de cuidados intensivos de bordo, única no mundo, estará disponível em todos os aviões de toda a frota de longa distância da Lufthansa. O Patient Transport Compartment (PTC) foi desenvolvido pela empresa de tecnologia Lufthansa Technik em cooperação com o Serviço Médico da Lufthansa. A Lufthansa agora tem como oferecer seu PTC em toda sua frota de voos de longa distância que partem dos centros de distribuição nas cidades alemãs de Frankfurt e Munique.

A empresa já utiliza o PTC nos aviões Boeing 747-400 e Airbus A340 e A330 desde 1999. Cerca de 100 pacientes que necessitam de cuidados intensivos são transportados no PTC da Lufthansa a cada ano. Uma versão avançada do equipamento foi desenvolvida agora para as subfrotas Airbus A380 e Boeing 747-8 e instalada nos modernos jatos de longa distância.

O PTC ostenta inúmeras vantagens quando comparado a uma ambulância aérea convencional, como, por exemplo, economia de tempo de até 50% devido ao fato de estar instalado num avião e custos menores. O interior amplo do PTC oferece espaço suficiente para uma cama de paciente, duas cadeiras, sendo uma para o médico que cuida do paciente e outra para um tripulante da Lufthansa (PTC Medical Crew Member). Além de equipamentos de cuidados intensivos, material e medicamentos necessários,

A Lufthansa é líder mundial no segmento, graças à variedade de produtos médicos. Pacientes que não precisam de cuidados intensivos no PTC podem reservar previamente serviços médicos como o assim chamado “stretcher” (uma área reservada e maior a bordo) ou, quando necessário, um balão de oxigênio separado para seu voo. Os serviços disponíveis no Medical Operation Centre (MOC) não só envolvem assuntos referentes à adequação para o transporte aéreo como também a preparação e o fornecimento de serviços médicos. A Lufthansa também oferece o programa “Doctor on Board”, que já foi realizado por mais de 9000 médicos em todo o mundo. Em todos os seus destinos, a Lufthansa está apta a colocar pacientes em contato com médicos contratados mediante uma taxa caso eles adoeçam ou precisem de assistência médica.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa traz o Boeing 747-8 ao Rio de Janeiro


A Lufthansa incrementou ainda mais a experiência de viajar dos passageiros nos voos de e para o Rio de Janeiro. Desde 30 de março, os passageiros que viajam no voo diário da empresa aérea entre o Rio de Janeiro e Frankfurt usufruem de todo o conforto oferecido pela nova frota Boeing 747-8 da Lufthansa. A nova “Rainha dos Ares” não só é um dos aviões tecnologicamente mais avançados e eficientes no consumo de combustível do mundo, como está equipado com produtos de cabine e design de interiores Lufthansa de última geração em todas as classes de viagem, inclusive a nova Premium Economy Class que estreou no final de 2014.

“A Lufthansa se compromete a oferecer aos seus passageiros qualidade e serviços de ponta”, disse Gabriel Leupold, diretor geral da Lufthansa para a América Latina e o Caribe. “O Rio de Janeiro tem sido uma porta de entrada importante e de sucesso para a Lufthansa, por isso estamos felizes em trazer essa mais nova aquisição da nossa frota ao Rio de Janeiro. Nosso 747-8 está equipado exclusivamente com os mais novos produtos e design de bordo de última geração, que permitem aos passageiros que viajam via Rio de Janeiro vivenciar os melhores produtos e serviços da Lufthansa.” A Lufthansa também serve São Paulo com o 747-8, sendo o Rio de Janeiro, portanto, o segundo destino 747-8 da empresa aérea no Brasil.

Na rota Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt, o novo “jumbo” Lufthansa está configurado de forma a acomodar 364 passageiros: 8 na First Class, 80 na Business Class, 244 na Economy Class e 32 na nova Premium Economy Class. Equipado com as novas cabines First Class e Business Class, o novo 747-8 proporciona aos passageiros a oportunidade de vivenciar a exclusiva viagem premium Lufthansa, inclusive na nova Premium Economy Class, que oferece até 50% a mais de espaço individual e serviços de bordo avançados.

O Boeing 747-8 é um avião desenvolvido a partir das características positivas da série Boeing 747, porém completamente redesenhado. O “jumbo” tem sido o “burro de carga” de longa de distância da Lufthansa por mais de 40 anos. As asas do avião foram melhoradas significativamente quanto à aerodinâmica e as pontas redesenhadas. Além disso, o avião oferece melhoras tangíveis em termos de ecoeficiência. As turbinas GEnx-2B consomem menos combustível e atingem eficiência de combustível e emissões de CO2 por passageiro 15% maiores. Sem contar que as emissões sonoras foram reduzidas em 30%.

Nota do Editor:

Com a introdução do Boeing 747-8I para o Rio de Janeiro, os passageiros irão desfrutar de um produto que já era um sucesso, agora com novos upgrades em todas as classes a companhia mais uma vez demonstrou sua liderança e capacidade de atender a demanda pelo seu serviço com o que há de última palavra em tecnologia e conforto a bordo.

O 747-8I oferece ganhos significativos, além de ser uma aeronave mais ecológica, apresentando menor consumo de combustível e características que a tornam mais silenciosa.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.