Lufthansa Technik was granted an EASA STC to install Ka-band antenna systems on a VIP ACJ340. Having also installed such a system on an A319, Lufthansa Technik now holds STCs for the A320 family and A340 aircraft. In addition, the company is targeting STCs for BBJ 737 and A330 aircraft before the end of 2016. The STC serves to verify that the modifications to an aircraft conform to the design specifications stipulated by EASA.
Lufthansa Technik says future customers, regardless of whether they operate aircraft outfitted for airline or VIP use, will benefit from the existing STCs in terms of cost and ground time. Furthermore, the company says it has gained vast experience from its previous installations of the system on various aircraft and has learned, together with the system manufacturers, how to overcome teething troubles relating to engineering, production and material issues.
“Over the past months our engineers and avionic specialists have done a great job to get the approvals from the authorities for different aircraft types of both VIP and commercial customers,” said Walter Heerdt, senior vice president of VIP and Special-mission aircraft services at Lufthansa Technik. “We take pride in being the first VIP completion and maintenance center to make this ultra-high-speed internet above the clouds a reality.”
July 20, 2016