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328 Support Services signs five year MRO contract with Private Wings

328 Support Services and German-based Private Wings have signed a five year follow on MRO contract Private Wings is one of the largest Dornier 328 operators in Europe, operating a fleet of eight 328-100 turboprops and two 328 jets out of its base at the general aviation terminal of Manching Airport (near Ingolstadt). Founded in 1991, independently owned Private Wings offers ad hoc charter,an...

First Bell 407GXP purchased in Germany

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of the first Bell 407GXP to Germany. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, which continues to be a popular market segment throughout Europe. Dr. Ernst Langner and Nataly Langner signed for the Bell 407GXP at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition and...

Lufthansa Goes On Charm Offensive With Unions

Lufthansa has invited the main three unions representing its staff to a round table discussion on job and retirement schemes, as the carrier tries to improve relations with staff after damaging strikes. The airline has asked unions representing pilots, cabin crew and ground staff to a meeting on December 2 to discuss retirement and pension schemes as well as job prospects at Lufthansa. Lufth...

Angela Merkel opens the new Lufthansa Integrated Operations Control Center

Today Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt. The visit to the facility was occasioned by the opening of the new traffic control center (Integrated Operations Control Center – IOCC), an exchange with apprentices, as well as the naming ceremony of an Airbus A380. Angela Merkel began her visit by officially opening Lufthansa’s new traffic control...

Lufthansa Technik's new seating concept passed certification tests

This certification allows owners, operators, and designers to choose from thousands of possible chair™ configurations to match the need of a particular cabin environment. The ETSO (European Technical Standard Orders) / TSO (Technical Standard Orders) certificate is in process and will be issued over the next few months. The chair™ is based on an innovative pedestal design upon which...

Lufthansa Union Threatens Further Strikes

Lufthansa's main cabin crew union threatened further industrial action on Friday as workers protested at Frankfurt airport at the end of a week-long strike which grounded most of the airline's flights. "This strike will end tonight, but if management doesn't change, then strikes will be possible again at any time," Nicoley Baublies, head of the union, told staff. Relati...

End in sight for Lufthansa strike

After the end of the longest strike in the company’s history, Lufthansa will already return to almost normal operations on Saturday and will offer its customers the usual service as soon as possible. All scheduled long-haul connections will be able to operate on the day. Furthermore the long-haul connections from Frankfurt to Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, which we...

Lufthansa Promises Return to Normal Flights on Saturday

Germany's Lufthansa has promised a return to normal flight schedules on Saturday though a week-long strike by cabin crew is expected to ground another 941 flights on Friday. The airline withdrew a request for an injunction against the walkouts at the last minute on Thursday after a German court indicated earlier it was unlikely to reverse a lower court ruling that flight attendants could co...

Jetstar Pacific signs engine maintenance contract with Lufthansa Technik

Lufthansa Technik AG and the low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific, which is headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, have signed a comprehensive engine maintenance agreement. Under the terms of the contract, Lufthansa Technik will overhaul the V2500 engines in Jetstar Pacific’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract covers a term of three years, during which a to...

Hundreds More Lufthansa Flights Grounded

Hundreds more flights were grounded on Thursday as the strike by Lufthansa's main cabin crew union entered its sixth day with no sign of compromise. Cabin crew staff started a series of strikes at Lufthansa last Friday to fight for an improved pension offer for employees. Lufthansa, which says it needs to cut costs in order to compete with budget rivals and leaner Gulf carriers, has said...

Mercedes-Benz + Lufthansa = business jet

Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik AG are presenting their new VIP cabin design to initial customers at the Dubai Air Show. Driven by the large interest of the VIP market for a Mercedes-Benz Style VIP Cabin design in the recent months, the two companies are now presenting the first impressions of this unique conceptual floorplan. The two German companies have been working on the design o...

Air Berlin Benefitting From Lufthansa Strike

Air Berlin is benefitting from a strike at German rival Lufthansa, according to chief executive Stefan Pichler. "Short-term bookings are looking good for us," Pichler told journalists in Berlin after the carrier reported third quarter results. "I'm guessing if you flew here, you arrived on an Air Berlin plane," he quipped, referring to Lufthansa's cancellation of...