This decision underlines Lufthansa Technik's approach of offering an extremely comprehensive support portfolio for this modern commercial aircraft and continuously extending its services for it. Preparations are underway to initially build up the capability either in Hamburg or at Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services UK. Customers in the Americas will benefit from expanding this capability also to Lufthansa Technik's Los Angeles-based subsidiary Hawker Pacific Aerospace.
To help with exchanging and repairing landing gears on site, Lufthansa Technik will rely on the mobile Airline Support Team (AST® Landing Gear) service. A new solution to transport the landing gears has also been developed. Lufthansa Technik has designed dedicated transport crates, which will be available to save transportation costs.
As landing gear technology is also advancing, Lufthansa Technik is expanding its technical expertise and creating the required shop capacity. One example of a new landing gear technology is the slidingcoating made of tungsten carbide cobalt chrome, which is found on the inner cylinders, among others. This extremely hard and corrosion-resistant layer involves the use of high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spraying, a key technology for working on modern landing gears. The in-house availability of this technology at Lufthansa Technik is the guarantee for reliable, shortened turnaround times and therefore returning best value for money on the provided exchange shipsets as well. Direct access and control of maintenance data will be given through integrating the airline's operating IT to Lufthansa Technik's ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.
With its wide range of services for Boeing 787 landing gears, Lufthansa Technik is taking another big step toward expanding its portfolio for one of the most modern and successful commercial aircraft today.