Lufthasa: “Tow tractor ballet” on New Year’s Eve

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Every year between Christmas and New Year, a remarkable sight can be seen at the Lufthansa hubs. Aircraft after aircraft, but in this case parked on the ground instead of taking off into the skies.

Taking a breather after a stressful year? No – there is a logical reason behind it all. During the low season when demand drops – and the time between Christmas and New Year is traditionally one of most notable of these periods – Lufthansa reacts by considerably reducing its service and cutting up to 75 percent of all flights. At the end of this year, from Christmas Eve onwards, and for the fifth time running, the larger part of the fleet will be seen parked at the Rhine-Main Airport in Frankfurt.

On Christmas Day, 25 December, there were 134 aircraft out “on the yard”, and by New Year’s Eve this will be 148. An impressive picture – and, above all, a huge logistical challenge. Up to 60 long-haul aircraft will be parked there, all exactly according to plan, many of them in specially marked-out parking areas. The employees at the Hub Control Center manually document the parking site for each individual aircraft. The correct placing of the aircraft is crucial. Working according to the principle of “first in, last out”, the positions of the aircraft in the parking area are carefully chosen so that those which are parked first will be the last to be returned to service.

On New Year’s Eve, work will start to get the aircraft all back into place again, ready for service. As the New Year is still being rung in, around 50 long-haul and at least as many inner-continental aircraft need to be made ready for take-off again – all within a short space of time – and exactly this number of towing maneuvers are required in order to achieve this. “Tow tractor ballet” is what the employees of the Hub Control Center have nicknamed this procedure. From New Year onwards, the airport parking area will be markedly emptier – and the Lufthansa aircraft with their famous crane symbol will one by one resume their regular job of flying.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Countdown for the Lufthansa A350-900

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The countdown to the delivery of the most modern long-haul aircraft and the newest addition to the Lufthansa fleet has now started. On 19 December 2016, Lufthansa will receive its first A350-900 and two days later, on 21 December, the Airbus will be transferred from Toulouse to Munich. It is expected to arrive sometime in the afternoon. Subsequently, the A350-900 will be making guest appearances at a number of different German airports: in the period before and after the Christmas holidays, Lufthansa pilots will be carrying out flight training exercises with a range of different takeoff and landing procedures. Details regarding the transfer flight and the flight training exercises will be released later on.

Exclusive A350 flight from Munich to Hamburg on 9 February

One day before the A350-900 takes up regular commercial service from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017, it will take off for a special flight. For the very first time, the A350-900 will depart with passengers on board on 9 February. On this flight from Munich to Hamburg and back, guests will have the unique opportunity to be one of the first passengers on board of the world’s most modern long-haul aircraft. Takeoff will be at 10.30 am and landing in the Hanseatic city is scheduled for 12.00 pm. The passengers will return to Munich at around 5.00 pm. The ticket price of €179 comprises a return flight with all taxes and fees and also includes a reception with breakfast and sparkling wine before the takeoff in Munich – as well as a gate event in Hamburg and much more. Another special feature of the Hamburg flight: if you book early, you have a good chance of traveling in Business Class or Premium Economy Class for the same price of €179. The flight can be booked on LH.com/A350 from 13 December onwards.

Lufthansa plans to base ten type A350-900 aircraft at their Munich hub. In total, 25 aircraft were ordered; it has yet to be decided where the remaining 15 aircraft are to be based. The world’s most modern long-haul aircraft is an investment in the future – it produces 25 percent fewer emissions than comparable types of aircraft and is also considerably quieter during takeoff.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa A350-900 successfully takes off on maiden flight

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages.

The Lufthansa Group will receive the first of ten A350-900 on 19 December 2016 and will start its scheduled service between Munich and Delhi on 10 February 2017. The world’s most modern long-range aircraft is an investment into the future: It reduces emissions by 25 percent and is significantly quieter during take-off than comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa: Welcome to the Airbus A350-900

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Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

On 19 December 2016, the Lufthansa Group will receive its first A350-900, which is the most modern long haul aircraft worldwide and which will be based at Lufthansa’s Munich Hub. The first regular commercial flight will be from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017. Tickets are available now. “We are looking forward to welcoming our first A350-900 shortly before Christmas. And already in February, our passengers will be able to enjoy a higher level of comfort on their flights to Delhi as we have now made further improvements to key components of the A350-900’s cabin interior. This includes, among other things, a newly designed self-service area in Business Class, new seats with ergonomically designed cushions in Economy Class, larger screens in all classes and improved broadband internet services”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the Munich Hub.

Once Lufthansa has taken ownership of the aircraft on 19 December, the A350-900 will be transferred to Munich during the week leading up to Christmas. Lufthansa Technik in Munich will then install the cabin interior including the new Premium Economy Class as well as other features so that the new flagship aircraft will be ready to be presented to the public at the beginning of February.

From February 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will station the first ten Airbus A350-900 aircrafts in Munich. The first flight destinations are Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in the regular Economy Class section. The A350-900 is the most modern and environmentally friendly long haul aircraft worldwide and uses 25 percent less kerosene and produces 25 percent fewer emissions. The A350-900’s noise “footprint” is up to 50 percent lower than that of comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Final approval: Lufthansa Technik provides complete support for A350

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Lufthansa Technik AG is equipped to perform all work required for the complete maintenance of the new Lufthansa Airbus A350-900, the team is trained and ready to go and the company is licensed by the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA). The handing over of the “Base Maintenance Approval” certificate by the LBA brings to an end an intense period of preparation.

More than 100 employees of Lufthansa Technik spent in excess of 18 months working in eight related sub-projects. Now Lufthansa is to roll out a new aircraft type in Munich for the first time – a special challenge in the framework of the project. 28 employees in aircraft maintenance in the Bavarian capital are already extensively qualified for the new aircraft type. And a good 200 others will complete training in areas such as new methods of damage detection and repair for carbon fiber-reinforced structures among others. Lufthansa Technik will invest just under 10,000 course days in this training.

New tools, equipment, procedures. The engine transport stand represents the most significant resource, on which an engine – split in two – can be transported in Lufthansa Cargo freighter aircraft. There are more than 5,000 new part numbers available in stock in Munich alone.

The maintenance concept was developed in close cooperation between Lufthansa Technik Aircraft Maintenance in Munich and Engineering in Frankfurt. Engineers will relocate their offices from Frankfurt to Munich when the A350 operations commence. And there will also be employees from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Panasonic on hand to provide support in the first few weeks so that a high level of technical reliability can be ensured from the outset.

A number of different units are preparing the remaining upgrade of the new aircraft. Special fittings requested by Lufthansa, such as self-service racks, for example, are being specified by Engineering in Frankfurt and approved for installation by Engineering in Hamburg in the Aircraft Modifications unit.

An entire class is even being newly installed for the first time in the framework of the remaining upgrade, since the aircraft is being supplied from the OEM without Premium Economy Class.

Because these adaptations are equivalent to a modification, they have to be approved by a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Lufthansa Technik already received an extension of its approval as a design organization for the new Airbus A350 from EASA at the start of the year. According to the EASA Part 21/J provisions (Design Organization Approval), Lufthansa Technik is thus authorized to develop and approve repairs and modifications to a limited extent under its own responsibility.

Aircraft maintenance is usually performed in accordance with the manual. However, if the maintenance company has approval according to the Part 21/J provisions, it can independently approve minor repairs without the involvement of the relevant aviation authority. This privilege accelerates the restoration of airworthiness significantly and can have a major impact on flight operation, supporting its punctuality and regularity.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

First CFM56-5C engine flies more than 100,000 flight hours on Lufthansa Airbus A340

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There’s every reason to celebrate at CFM International and Lufthansa Technik AG, with the first CFM56-5C engine having passed the 100,000 flight hour threshold. The engine drives the Airbus A340 and has reliably been in continuous use since 1993 at Lufthansa Passage.

The engine with the serial number ESN 740146 began its career on November 16, 1993 on one of the first aircraft of the then newly developed long-haul type, the Airbus A340. The engine was first used in position 3 (inside right) on the Lufthansa A340-200 D-AIBF (“Bravo Foxtrott”, MSN 006), an aircraft that was later sold in 2004. Today the engine flies in position 1 (outer left) on the A340-300 D-AIGS (“Golf Sierra”) and is thus used right around the globe.

The engine was fully overhauled four times at Lufthansa Technik over the course of its career. All components are thoroughly inspected as part of such an overhaul, repaired if necessary and reassembled following exhaustive tests. The finalized engine is then checked in the test facility. A further check takes place following installation on the aircraft in the noise protection hangar as part of a so-called engine run-up test. Only then does the engine return to flight operations. In comparison, a reliable car engine goes into retirement after some 10,000 operating hours.

“The outstanding reliability of the CFM56 is once again demonstrated by this number of flight hours,” says Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, Head of Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik. “We are very proud of the close and trusting cooperation developed over the decades with CFM International.”

“We are very proud to be sharing this great milestone with Lufthansa,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM. “This airline has historically been known for the technical excellence of its fleet and its CFM56 engines continue to maintain world-class reliability.  We believe we build the most reliable engines in the air but we know that it is our customers that keep the flying.  On behalf of the entire CFM team, I extend our warmest congratulations to everyone at Lufthansa.”

Lufthansa Technik has been working closely together with CFM International since 1986. Then as now with a pioneering spirit to make the product as reliable as possible.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa: 25 years of Crane Protection Germany

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Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Crane Protection Germany, the Lufthansa Group has a very special present for all friends of the crane – their aircraft “Wismar” will be taking off with a special design from this week. The Airbus A321-100 with the registration D-AIRR flies all across Europe and will be decorated with a stylized crane design for six months. These are the same birds which have already been used to decorate the new transport vehicle of Crane Protection Germany. The “Wismar” will be sporting her new outfit until next spring, when the majestic birds can be spotted once more in skies across Europe as they leave their winter quarters and fly back to northern regions again.

“We are really delighted with this special present to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our extremely successful partnership. Even though we have already achieved a lot for crane protection in our work together, there is still a lot more to do. At least ten of the 15 crane species known world-wide are under threat as the destruction of their breeding grounds and their resting and gathering sites continues. This loss of habitat also applies to those cranes living in Germany, even though they are not currently on the endangered list. To address this, we need to raise awareness and gain the necessary support”, says Dr. Günter Nowald, Head of the Crane Information Centre and CEO of Crane Protection Germany gGmbH, based in Groß Mohrdorf in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

“The Lufthansa Group has been supporting Crane Protection since the 1980s. Our goal has always been to support the protection of the species. As the city is in close proximity to the resting grounds of the cranes, we have made a conscious decision when choosing “Wismar”, an aircraft from north Germany”, says Susanne Kotysch, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Event Management, Lufthansa Group.

After the reunification, the East and West German crane protection groups founded the working group Crane Protection Germany in partnership with Lufthansa. 25 years ago in February 1991, the formation of the non-profit Crane Protection Germany GmbH followed with NABU (Protection of Nature, Germany) and WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) as partners.

In its latest investment, the Lufthansa Group is sponsoring the new observation platform KRANORAMA at the Günzer Lake. This platform offers barrier-free access to a crane feeding area for the first time with a live broadcast of the cranes via monitor, which guarantees a close-up experience of the birds, which can be up to 1.2m tall. Information on the resting and migration of the cranes is presented via additional audio-visual media and is constantly updated. Now bird watchers and plane spotters across the whole of Europe will be delighted to see another special “bird” in the skies and at airports – the anniversary plane to celebrate 25 years of Crane Protection Germany.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.