After more than 1,700 working hours Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has announced it has completed its first cabin installation on a Lufthansa A350-900. The work was completed at LHT’s hangar in Munich and the required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Reaching this milestone means the aircraft is technically cleared to enter scheduled service, which is planned for February 10.
Sven Pawliska, who heads up the long-haul aircraft maintenance at Lufthansa Technik in Munich commented: “Twenty employees from our team worked with colleagues from Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt on the aircraft over the past three weeks. The installation of the Premium Economy Class and new self-service racks in the Business Class were among the upgrades that are most visible to passengers.”
The work provided an opportunity to train more employees on the aircraft type and LHT said, overall, it has invested just under 10,000 course days in this training.
The maintenance concept was developed in cooperation between LHT’s aircraft maintenance unit in Munich and its engineering facility in Frankfurt. Engineers will relocate their offices from Frankfurt to Munich when A350 operations begin, and employees from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Panasonic will be on hand to provide support during the first few weeks as well, so that a high level of technical
reliability can be provided from the outset.