Lufthansa Technik Malta is establishing itself on the market for high-end cabin modifications: in tandem with Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik Malta is currently carrying out its third installation of a Lufthansa First Class cabin in an Airbus A340-600, thus demonstrating its skill at high-end cabin work. This large-scale cabin project follows last year's successful cabin conversion for Etihad, the installation of the new short-haul cabin for Lufthansa, and the modification of four Brussels Airlines Airbus A330s. The First Class project involves installing both modern seats and a new inflight entertainment system.
Lufthansa's entire fleet of 24 A340-600s is scheduled for conversion by 2015. The work necessary to equip the aircraft with the new First Class furnishings will take place exclusively during planned maintenance layovers in order to avoid additional ground time.
"We're proud that we have already completed two A340-600 First Class installations to the complete satisfaction of our customer," says Stephan Drewes, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Malta. "We especially want to expand our business with high-end cabin modifications taking place in combination with typical aircraft overhauls. With our modern workshops, flexible maintenance docks and on-site engineers, we're optimally equipped for this kind of programs."
Installing the new Lufthansa First Class cabin is a complex task: the modern, technically demanding seats pose special challenges. "A lot of sensitivity and skill is needed to implement the First Class suites and realize the entire image of the new cabin layouts," explains Niels Dose, Project Manager Cabin Modification at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg. He sent a project manager to Malta from company headquarters in Hamburg to provide on-site support for the realization of this project. Teamwork within Lufthansa Technik Group functions smoothly: specialists from Hamburg support their colleagues on Malta during the extensive installation of the cabin, ensuring the desired know-how transfer.
Lufthansa Technik Malta:
Lufthansa Technik Malta is a joint venture with Air Malta (which holds 8% of the company) and operates as a competence center for aircraft base maintenance with a specialization in the Airbus A320, A330, and A340 aircraft types as well as the Boeing 737 family.
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and associates and over 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of technical services for the aviation industry. Its portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft: maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and refit, engines and components.
450 employees are also offering overhaul work including painting, for up to two long-haul aircraft.
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