Lufthansa Technik AG is enhancing its Airbus A350 support capabilities by expanding a warehouse at Munich Airport. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on December 8, 2015, in the presence of Dr Thomas Stüger, member of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik; Dr Christian Langer, Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS), and Thomas Weyer, Managing Director of Finance and Infrastructure of Munich Airport GmbH.
The existing floor space of the LTLS warehouse is being expanded by 34,445 sq ft (3,200m²) and optimised for the A350 support.
Dr Thomas Stüger commented: “What simply looks like a hall is actually an important cornerstone in our approach to supporting the Airbus A350. A highly modern and technologically advanced aircraft such as the A350 places high demands on us. Today proves that we are well on the way to offer a comprehensive and punctual support for the A350.”
Dr Christian Langer added: “The expanded warehouse will be equipped with the most modern and innovative storage technologies. This allows us to create the highest efficiency and optimize the utilisation of both floor space and room height.”
LTLS says the warehouse expansion offers significant efficiencies for internal transport as material flows are optimised and synergies are created by centralising the operation.
An automated block storage system, AutoStore, is being introduced on the first floor of the new warehouse. The expansion’s first stage can accommodate up to 15,000 storage bins but is could be expanded to hold an extra 7,000.
The expanded facility will have enough room for a further narrow-aisle rack; a pallet rack for wheels; a platform system with shelving racks for small parts and battery preservation plus a cantilever racking system for oversized components.