Lufthansa Technik news in brief

New component deal for Condor's new A330neo fleet; Wizz Air, Frontier and Volaris sign major components contracts; First Boeing 777 with AeroSHARK takes off on pax flights

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https://bit.ly/3sXqtCzCondor_A330Neo_900_Beach_sRGB_copyrightLufthansa Technik to supply components for Condor’s new A330neo fleet: Condor Flugdienst GmbH and Lufthansa Technik AG signed a comprehensive contract regarding component support of the airline’s new and efficient Airbus A330neo fleet. Under the terms of the 10-year agreement, Lufthansa Technik will provide Total Component Support (TCS) for the Airbus A330-900neo aircraft that will join Condor’s fleet in the coming years. For Lufthansa Technik it is the first TCS contract for this modern long-haul type. The contract, which comes into effect on 1 January 2023, covers not only the classic supply of components but also various parts-pooling and logistics services, including the establishment of a so-called homebase stock at Condor’s operations center at Frankfurt Airport. The close proximity and long-standing cooperation between the two companies will enable Condor to maximize efficiency in its technical operations and ensure the best possible availability of the spare parts it needs. Various maintenance, repair and overhaul services for Condor’s A330neo components are also part of the agreement.

A321neo_Copyright_WizzAirWizz Air, Frontier and Volaris sign major components contracts: Lufthansa Technik AG sealed major new long-term contracts for the strategic component support of ultra low-cost (ULCC) airline brands Wizz Air, Frontier Airlines and Volaris. The new agreements take into account the three carriers’ rapidly growing fleets, and thereby offering new levels of synergies and flexibility for further growth. Based on current fleet plans, the new Total Component Support (TCS) deals will ultimately cover approximately 1,000 aircraft of the Airbus A320 family. Lufthansa Technik’s Total Component Support (TCS) usually encompasses services such as spare parts pooling and an MRO (maintenance, repair & overhaul) coverage for thousands of part numbers required in regular airline operations. While all three aforementioned airlines will make extensive use of these standard offerings, the recently signed contracts also include more specialised service packages that directly address any airline’s individual requirements and tailor the contracted component supply accordingly.

777_02_1920x1080px_Copyright_SWISSFirst Boeing 777 with AeroSHARK takes off on passenger flights: A Boeing 777-300ER operated by Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) recently took off on a passenger flight with the AeroSHARK surface technology jointly developed by Lufthansa Technik and BASF. The fuselage and engine nacelles of the aircraft were recently fitted with approximately 950 square meters of so-called Riblet films, which replicate the flow-efficient properties of shark skin in order to reduce drag. Flow simulations have already identified a savings potential of just over one percent for this type of aircraft. The first scheduled flights with the aircraft registered as HB-JNH will now serve to validate this savings potential in daily flight operations. Thanks to its special surface structure of microscopic ribs – known as Riblets – AeroSHARK reduces the frictional resistance of this aircraft’s outer skin by just over one percent, according to the calculations and flow simulations. As a result, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are also reduced by the same order of magnitude. For this Boeing 777-300ER of SWISS, this would equate to annual savings of around 400 tons of kerosene and more than 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide.

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