Lufthansa Technik recently equipped a fourth VIP aircraft, an ACJ330, with a Ka-band broadband internet solution at its facility in Hamburg, Germany. The company has also installed it on two BBJ 737s and an ACJ340. The team is now installing the technology in another A340, and more completion contracts for VIP aircraft are in the acquisition stage.
The latest aircraft was returned to the customer two days ahead of schedule. “The fact that we are integrating the Ka-band so smoothly at this stage shows us that the wealth of experience we have accumulated and the wide range of types covered has made us the preferred contact partner on the market for an integration solution for the fastest connectivity system,” said Thomas Decher, vice president, VIP maintenance and modifications. “This expertise increases our attractiveness to customers for VIP modifications at the Hamburg location.”
Lufthansa Technik can integrate all systems and components in aircraft. In addition to the physical installation, this includes all required aeronautical and regulatory work, conversion planning and materials supply, the manufacture of diverse high-end components including the WLAN access point, the supply of materials in regular flight operation, and the repair of defective components.
Moreover, Lufthansa Technik is currently equipping the Lufthansa Group’s A320 family with the latest Ka-band satellite technology; 32 aircraft are being upgraded each month, a figure scheduled to rise to well over 200 aircraft by Spring 2018.
Lufthansa Technik holds STCs for system installation for the A320 family, the A330, the A340 and the Boeing 737 family. In addition, it holds an STC for all BBJ1 (737-700) and BBJ2 (737-800) aircraft for its proprietary development, the Two-In-One-Solution (TIOS) antenna radome, which enables the use of Ka-band on board.
February 6, 2017