Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo test loading of Trent XWB

Together with Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik AG has reached another important milestone in its preparations for the entry into service of the Airbus A350 in Lufthansa German Airline’s fleet: In a test carried out in Frankfurt under real-life conditions, a Trent XWB aircraft engine provided by Rolls-Royce was loaded into a Boeing 777F. This successful loading trial means that now the seamless logistics of providing spare engines via air freight are assured.

When prepared for loading, the engine and its transport stand weigh eighteen tons. The engine weighs seven tons (dry weight) and is five meters long; the fan is three meters in diameter. As a result, the engine could only be transported via special flight with an Antonov An-124, an Airbus Beluga or a Boeing C-17. As an alternative, Rolls-Royce developed a completely new type of transport stand upon which the engine can be placed and divided into two large modules.

On this split engine stand, the large-volume fan can be separated from the rest of the engine within a single day. The individual modules are then optimally prepared for transport together with the other tools required for engine replacement, and can be loaded. The unit that results from this approach can also be transported in freighters from the Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft families.

Lufthansa Cargo currently has five Boeing 777 freighters in its fleet. As part of the test, the company had to demonstrate that the transport conditions required by Boeing could actually be met in practice.

“Months of planning preceded the test,” explains Ralf Henker, responsible for Supply Chain Management in Aircraft Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. “Without the partnership and cooperation of our colleagues at Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Cargo, we would not currently be able to ensure that we can supply every destination airport of the new fleet with a replacement engine if necessary. Every move we make has to fit, and every wheel of the logistics chain needs to mesh optimally with all the others.”

“Over the last four months, we developed a detailed loading and rigging plan based on our experience with other capital goods that are similarly sensitive and yet difficult to handle,” says Harald Mueller, who is responsible at Lufthansa Cargo for Aircraft Handling Competence & Quality Assurance. “It’s great to see that it works in practice exactly the way we envisioned it.”

“We’re very proud that we can now approve this important step on the way to the entry into service of the A350,” said Dean Raineri, Project Director New Aircraft and Infrastructure Development Aircraft Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. “We’re right on schedule in other areas as well, such as the training of our employees and the procurement of tools and spare parts.”

For some time now, Lufthansa Technik has supported a variety of A350 operators in the areas of component supply and aircraft maintenance.

More than 800 aircraft of the A350 type have been ordered from Airbus to date. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine and the exclusive engine option for the A350.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

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Lufthansa Group to serve new holiday destinations over winter

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The airlines in the Lufthansa group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines – will be even a more attractive option for winter holidaymakers and business travellers this winter. As always, passengers can rely on the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

In the forthcoming 2016/2017 winter flight timetable, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer its customers precisely 19,838 flights each week around the world. This winter, the Lufthansa Group airlines will link 255 destinations in 101 countries via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also via many point-to-point routes. These services will be supplemented by more than 18,000 code-sharing flights with some 30 partner airlines, offering passengers a network which almost spans the globe. The winter flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, 30 October 2016 to Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Key news from the Lufthansa group airlines:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa lists a total of 194 destinations in its winter flight timetable and offers approximately 9,668 flights a week. There is some good news for travellers who love South Africa: Lufthansa is adding a service from Frankfurt to Cape Town (South Africa) to its flight timetable again this winter.  Starting on 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday bound for the port city near Table Mountain. This year-round service expands the Lufthansa Group’s multi-hub portfolio and perfectly complements the seasonal service previously operated out of Munich and Zurich in conjunction with Edelweiss.

Flights will also run to San Jose (USA) in Silicon Valley over winter, along with the attractive dream destinations of Mauritius, Malé (Maldives) and Cancún (Mexico). Lufthansa has significantly increased the number of connections to Nairobi (Kenya), Dallas (USA) and Poona (India).

Funchal (Madeira) is being added to the European programme, with a once-weekly flight to the city commencing on 29 October 2016. Thanks to mild weather all year round, the Portuguese island primarily attracts walkers during the winter season.

The list of new European destinations served out of Frankfurt also includes Tromsø (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland), with one flight to each per week. With these two new destinations and its existing twice-weekly service from Munich to Kittilä (Finland), Lufthansa will fly to three attractive tourist destinations in the far north of Europe. This region is gaining in popularity among winter sports enthusiasts and holidaymakers keen to see the northern lights. The summer destination of Tirana (Albania) will remain on the winter flight timetable, with daily flights to the city from Frankfurt. There will be an increase in the number of connections from Frankfurt to Friedrichshafen and Wrocław (Poland) over winter.

A new year-round service to Marrakesh (Morocco) will be offered out of Munich. Lufthansa will start operating this route on 30 October, taking passengers to the Moroccan city twice a week. Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) will be added to the winter flight timetable as new destinations and there will be more frequent services to Los Angeles, Miami (both USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel).

Debrecen (Hungary), Odessa (Ukraine) and Porto (Portugal) will remain on the timetable. Passengers will be able to fly from Munich to the Polish city of Rzeszów this winter for the first time. There will also be additional weekly services to Ancona (Italy) and Graz (Austria). Twice as many flights will run to Malta.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

In winter 2016/2017, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in 56 countries. The Austrian carrier is stepping up its focus on tourist destinations over winter. For instance, a Boeing 767 will fly to the Cuban city of Havana once a week starting on 25 October. In addition, there will be direct flights from Vienna to the Maldives and Mauritius up to twice a week. The airline will offer as many as two weekly connections to Marrakesh and a once-weekly flight to Colombo in Sri Lanka in its winter flight timetable. With these additions, Austrian will address its strong seasonality and fly to an interesting range of sunny destinations in winter as well as in summer.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines will serve a large number of new destinations this winter. Starting on 6 March 2017, the Belgian airline will fly to the Indian metropolis of Mumbai from Brussels five times a week. The new service to Toronto (Canada), which was introduced during the last flight timetable period, will continue to run over winter.

There is good news for anyone looking to travel to Africa. The seating capacity on flights to the popular winter destinations of Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) will be increased and more frequent services to Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) will make it easier to travel to East Africa.

Compared with last winter, Brussels Airlines has significantly expanded its flight timetable, adding services from Brussels to Porto (Portugal), Naples (Italy), Belfast (Ireland), Nuremberg (Germany) and Nantes (France). On top of this, the airline is increasing its weekly flights to Lisbon (Portugal), Málaga, Tenerife (both Spain), Edinburgh (UK) and Billund (Denmark).

Eurowings

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Eurowings will further add to its growing list of services from Austria in the new winter flight timetable. For the first time, Eurowings Europe aircraft will fly from the new base in Salzburg to Zurich (Switzerland) six times a week, Geneva (Switzerland) three times a week, Brussels (Belgium) four times, Paris (France) five times and Hamburg (Germany) three times a week. There will be seven flights per week to Cologne-Bonn (Germany).

A host of attractive new destinations will be served out of Vienna this winter. Eurowings passengers will be able to fly to Málaga, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas twice a week or head to the Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera (all Spain) once a week. Rome and Pisa will be added to the list of destinations in Italy. Passengers looking to soak up the Egyptian sun over winter can now fly from Vienna to Marsa Alam (Egypt) once a week. A new once-weekly service will also be available to Faro (Portugal). Passengers will also be able to fly to Nuremberg (Germany) eleven times a week over winter. Thanks to the expansion of the flight timetable at the new foreign base in Vienna, passengers will be able to reach 18 destinations for the first time.

During the winter season, the long-haul programme will be expanded with a once-weekly flight from Cologne to the Cuban capital of Havana. The first winter service from Cologne to Miami (USA) and back will also be introduced. This US destination was first included in the flight timetable in summer 2016. There will be more frequent long-haul services from Cologne to Varadero (Cuba), Mauritius and Phuket (Thailand).

The destinations of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (both Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal) will be added to the list of flights out of Düsseldorf. Passengers will be offered new services from Hamburg to Tenerife and Fuerteventura (both Spain) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, Eurowings will serve 91 destinations in 34 countries.

SWISS

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

In the forthcoming winter flight timetable, the new SWISS long-haul aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be used for flights to Miami and San Francisco for the first time. Starting on 3 March 2017, the new flagship will also fly to Singapore every day. This service is currently run three times a week using a Boeing 777-300ER. SWISS will also step up its weekly connections to Hamburg, Berlin (both Germany), Cracow (Poland) and Belgrade (Serbia) in winter. Between 4 and 25 February 2017, SWISS will also offer a number of new scheduled flights between Zurich, Sion (Valais, Switzerland) and London City (UK) to meet the demand for attractive services catering for winter tourism. SWISS will use larger aircraft on flights to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia), Portugal (Lisbon) and Italy (Rome, Florence) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, SWISS will serve 100 destinations in 44 countries.

In addition to this, SWISS will offer connections to holiday destinations around the world in conjunction with its partner Edelweiss during the winter season 2016/2017. More frequent flights will be offered to the Canary Islands. For the first time, there will be five flights a week to Tenerife, four to Gran Canaria and two to both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (all Spain). Passengers will also be able to fly to Seville (Spain) twice a week over winter for the first time.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Technik: Wizz Air extends and expands contracts for A320 and A321neo

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Courtesy: Wizz Air.

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost carrier of Central and Eastern Europe, is extending its successful partnership with Lufthansa Technik and expanding it with additional services. The ultra-low-cost airline has extended two existing contracts for technical support of its Airbus A320 family and its future A321neo fleet by Lufthansa Technik. Apart from the integrated component supply as part of Total Component Support TCS®, the agreement also covers aircraft overhaul. In addition, use of Cyclean® engine washes has now also been agreed for the Wizz Air fleet.

The exclusive component support for the rapidly growing Wizz Air fleet, with its some 72 A320 and A321 aircraft types at present, includes the repair and overhaul of components as well as pool services and logistics. The material is supplied by Lufthansa Technik from Frankfurt to Katowice in Poland and distributed by Wizz Air to the airline’s individual bases. In addition to the current and still expanding fleet, the contract also covers the 110 aircraft of the Airbus A321neo type that have been ordered and are due to be delivered to Wizz Air starting in 2019. The services are firmly agreed up to 2022.

Heiko Holm, Technical Director at Wizz Air, says: “Lufthansa Technik has been our partner ever since our very first flight in May 2004. We have developed a stable and fruitful cooperation over the past twelve years and our new agreement underlines our commitment to this partnership as we continue to treat aircraft maintenance with highest priority and ensure to cooperate with the best-in-class service providers.”

The contract for the overhaul of the aircraft, which has been renewed to 2022, also covers the airline’s current and future A320 family and the future A321neo fleet. The corresponding layovers will take place at Lufthansa Technik Budapest in Hungary.
Dietmar Focke, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Budapest, says: “Servicing Wizz Air from the beginnings till today and further on till 2022 shows the great cooperation of both parties and the trust in the performance of Lufthansa Technik Budapest. We are happy to serve this fast growing airline.”

With the renewal of the overhaul contract, Wizz Air has commissioned regular washes of all V2500 engines in its current A320 fleet from Lufthansa Technik. The dedicated Cyclean® service station established for this purpose in Budapest has already carried out the first engine washes. The Cyclean® equipment is installed in a transport vehicle so that engines can also be washed at other stations. Lufthansa Technik’s new Cyclean® location in Budapest is also available for other aircraft operators with other engine types.

Lufthansa Technik maintains the airline’s A320 family of aircraft at a total of ten stations in Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. A fleet manager on behalf of Lufthansa Technik handles the coordination in Budapest between the needs of the airline and the maintenance organization. Lufthansa Technik is also responsible for all engineering services for maintaining airworthiness (Subcontracted Continuing Airworthiness Management Tasks – SCAMT) and also looks after the wheels and brakes for the entire Wizz Air fleet.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa flies German Paralympic team back to Germany

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa / Oliver Roesler.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa / Oliver Roesler.

The German Paralympic team returned from Rio de Janeiro to Germany yesterday. At exactly 10:53 last morning, the aircraft with flight number LH 507 touched down in Frankfurt. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK is currently flying with the special design “Lufthansa Siegerflieger” as well as the logo of the National Paralympic Committee Germany as a special honor. On board were around 250 athletes, guide runners, trainers, doctors and support staff. Klaus Froese, CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines Hub Frankfurt, welcomed the athletes on arrival at the gate and congratulated them personally on the outstanding achievements of the entire team.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Ten years of Lufthansa crews in national costume

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Ten years ago we heard it for the first time: Take-off for the Lufthansa crew in national costume. Since then, a total of 20 destinations have been flown to on four continents, with national costumes from three different fashion houses introduced to the passengers during this famous time of year for Bavaria. Two days before the beginning of the Munich Oktoberfest, Lufthansa passengers will once again get to experience Bavarian tradition up in the clouds. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary, two crews will take-off in Angermaier costumes. Eleven flight stewardesses and two flight stewards will look after guests today on flights from Munich to Toronto and from Munich to Washington. Further destinations will include Shanghai and Hong Kong on 20 September, Denver on 2 October and Boston on 3 October.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Over the past ten years, both the design of the costumes as well as the names of the designers have changed on a regular basis. However, the Lufthansa colours of yellow, blue and white have always stayed the same.

This year’s anniversary costume was designed and tailored by the Munich national costume specialists Angermaier, which is outfitting the crews to match the largest public festival in the world for the third time in a row. The Oktoberfest dirndl for the flight stewardesses is dark blue with a silver-grey pinafore. The men wear knee-length lederhosen with a dark blue waistcoat in the same fabric as the dirndls.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

As in previous years, national costumes will be worn on flights to selected European destinations from Munich. At the beginning and the end of the Munich Oktoberfest, a crew from Lufthansa CityLine will swap their uniform for the dirndl. Destinations this year are Belgrade, Birmingham, Cluj, Nice, Olbia and Sylt.

For Lufthansa employees at passenger services at Munich airport, it has long been tradition to welcome passengers in national costume during Oktoberfest. In addition to the Lufthansa uniform, the women wear the Lufthansa dirndl in yellow and blue and the men wear blue suits in the style of the traditional costume. The Service employees in the Lufthansa First Class Lounges wear costumes in black and gold.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

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.