Demand for VIP conversions of new widebody airliners, much of it emanating from this region, has impelled Germany’s Lufthansa Technik (Stand No. 410) to increase capacity both at its Hamburg base and at other sites on both sides of the Atlantic, according to Walter Heerdt, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) group’s senior vice president, marketing and sales.
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s largest independent centers for single-aisle and widebody bizliner interior completion and refurbishment, has opened a new facility in Basel, Switzerland. Basel is also home to competitor Jet Aviation.
As of October 1, Lufthansa Technik had taken full control of the former Swiss Air facility in Basel, where it expects to maintain and support single-aisle and widebody executive aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik’s latest innovation in business jet cabin “infotainment” is called Niceview, an upgrade that takes the venerable moving-map display into a new dimension–3-D, that is.
Lufthansa Technik’s latest innovation in cabin “infotainment” is called niceview, an upgrade that takes the venerable moving-map display into a new dimension–3-D, that is.
Few segments of the completion and refurbishment industry are as busy as that of narrowbody and widebody cabin finish work, and Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 2289) is rapidly filling its interiors dance card.
Jet Aviation recently signed two letters of intent with customers for the interior completion of two Airbus A350-900 XWB (extra-widebody) executive/VIP jets.
Airbus reports no downturn in orders for its bizliners this year. “Our market is not affected,” said François Chazelle, vice president Airbus executive and private aviation, at a press conference here yesterday. “We could sell more aircraft, if it weren’t for the limited capacity at the completion centers, especially with our widebody aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s largest centers for interior completion and refurbishment of narrow- and widebody aircraft is expanding in a move designed to increase its capacity in the face of growing market demand.
At a press conference here yesterday, chairman August-Wilhelm Henningsen went into some detail regarding Lufthansa Technik’s recent growth in the U.S. and Switzerland.
Call it the super-sizing of the large-cabin business jet. Orders for executive-configured airliners are far exceeding manufacturers’ projections.
“We’ve seen quite a jump in orders for these aircraft,” said David Velupillai, marketing director for Airbus’ executive and private aviation division. “We’ve sold a lot more than we expected.”
Greenpoint Technologies, like most of the narrowbody and widebody completion centers, is dealing with growing demand. The Kirkland, Wash.-based independent completion center (Booth No. 948) specializes in Boeing Business Jet interiors. It is scheduled to deliver one this month and will be replacing it with another in the first quarter of next year.