Lufthansa Technik’s SafeDrone and drone fleet operator Lufthansa Aerial Services are set to pool their expertise in future, a press release said Monday (February 11, 2019). This will allow SafeDrone to redirect its operations and focus on services for business and industry customers. Both companies will continue to trade under their existing names and focus on their core competencies. SafeDrone will focus on providing technical fleet management and monitoring the condition of drones via SafeDrone Health. Lufthansa Aerial Services is responsible for drone deployments at industrial installations such as wind turbines or electrical power lines. Training opportunities offered by SafeDrone and SafeDrone Academy will be continued and further developed by Lufthansa Aviation Training from March 2019.
Steering drone activities
The move will see Lufthansa Technik become the drone competence centre for the entire Lufthansa Group. The MRO company will be irresponsible for strategic matters, portfolio management and the correlation of all drone activities within the group. Lufthansa Technik will also represent the group’s interests on national level as well as towards international bodies and take part in the development of binding standards for the drone industry.
Pooling skills, expanding offers
Ulrich Hoffmann, Project Manager at SafeDrone, commented: “The realignment of SafeDrone and the integration of Lufthansa Aerial Services’ flight operations allow us to combine existing competencies and focus our drone activities on the growing industrial sector. Our skilled colleagues at Lufthansa Aviation Training will bring our training opportunities to the next level. Thanks to this strategic measure, the Lufthansa group will be positioned successfully throughout the drone market’s value chain.”
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