Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Lufthansa Technik's New Maintenance Hangar at BER

Facility will accommodate up to five short-haul and medium-haul aircraft or one widebody aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A340.

By 2012 a maintenance hangar offering 6,700 square metres of floor space plus a further 1,700 square metres of offices, a mechanical workshop and logistics areas are expected to have been built on the 18,200 square metres site. Commencing in June 2012, some 110 highly skilled mechanics and engineers working a three-shift roster will offer maintenance services up to the scope of an A check (planned routine check after approx. 500 flying hours). Present plans assume that four aircraft will be maintained in the hangar at the same time.

A lot of emphasis has been placed on energy efficiency in planning the hangar. The architectural design makes a point of keeping down the room volume as a means of lowering energy consumption. But in order to still be able to respond flexibly to possible requirements, only that section of the building that actually needs to be taller to work on a widebody aircraft in the hangar has been raised: a cutout in the roof structure offers space for the tail unit of a widebody aircraft.

The design not only pays tribute to ecological considerations, but the hangar will have an unmistakable appearance. Its external supporting structure will also help keep the room volume low in the interests of environment and economy.

The project is supported by the State of Brandenburg with funds from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD).

Lufthansa Technik. The Lufthansa Technik Group is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group and, with 32 subsidiaries and affiliated companies and more than 26,000 staff worldwide, is one of the world's leading manufacturer-independent providers of aircraft-related technical services. Lufthansa Technik's portfolio covers the entire service spectrum of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components for passenger aircraft.

Berlin Brandenburg site. Lufthansa Technik AG is represented at the Berlin Brandenburg site with a base maintenance operation for short-haul and medium-haul aircraft, two line maintenance stations and Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS). Every year the maintenance operation overhauls around 80 aircraft from the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families. The stations cover all the maintenance events for the A320 and Boeing 737 families, the A330, A340, Boeing 757 and 767, from transfer checks to A-checks. LBAS is a joint-venture company with Bombardier Aerospace (29 percent) and ExecuJet (20 percent). It is the competence center for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier business aircraft (Learjet, Challenger and Global). Altogether Lufthansa Technik employs over 600 staff in the Berlin Brandenburg region.

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