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Lufthansa Technik To Hand-Over Boeing's 747 SOFIA Flying Telescope

Over the past months, Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg has performed a major overhaul of the aircraft. More than 40 years of experience in technical services for the Boeing 747 family

In the next days, Lufthansa Technik will hand-over SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747SP that is operated jointly by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) as a “Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy”.

Long-Termin Experience of Boeing Overhauls

Over the past months Lufthansa Technik has performed a major overhaul of the aircraft. The company has one of the widest and longest experiences at maintaining this aircraft type, with only a handful 747SP worldwide still in service. Also, Lufthansa Technik is currently also completing two Head-of-State 747-8 aircraft and is negotiating completions with further 747-8 customers. The finalisation of the two 747-8 completion projects will be the latest milestone in Lufthansa Technik’s unique long-term experience in technical services for the Boeing 747 family and will increase Lufthansa Technik’s completion record on this aircraft model to 19.

Numerous Jumbo Completions for VIP and Government Customers

Lufthansa started the first cabin completion of a Boeing 747, a 747SP model, on the request of a Middle East government customer in the mid’ 80s. Since then, Lufthansa has completed 17 Head-of-State 747 aircraft including the models 747SP, 747-300 and 747-400 and also performed a large number of major modifications or refurbishments on the “Jumbo” family. Beside its expertise as a single-source completion center, with a total of around 100 interior cabin completions and conversions of narrow and wide body aircraft, Lufthansa Technik has also been able to gather comprehensive know-how in all areas of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for the 747 family. Lufthansa airline has been operating different models of the Boeing 747 for more than 40 years, from the 747-100 in 1970 up to the newest model, the 747-8. Over the whole period Lufthansa Technik has maintained the airline’s aircraft as well as an increasing number of external customer aircraft and worked closely with Boeing to even improve the different models of the 747.

70 Jumbos Currently Under Contract

Currently, Lufthansa Technik has more than 70 747 aircraft under exclusive service contracts. With this background, Lufthansa Technik is one of the most experienced MMRO provicers for the 747. The latest product in Lufthansa Technik’s service portfolio for the 747-8 is the Aircraft Production Inspection Programme (APIP). Lufthansa Technik is offering this independent production inspection to all, VIP customers, airlines, and leasing companies.

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