In association with Frankfurt Airport, Lufthansa Technik will be hosting an open house in one of their cavernous hangars at Frankfurt Airport on November 24 from 6:00p to 8:30p (local FRA time). The specific hangars that will be open are the hangars on the north side of the airport, nearest the passenger terminals. It is here where most of the Frankfurt-based fleet is serviced including the A330, A340, Boeing 747-400 and 747-8i, along with the narrow body Airbuses.
In order to attend you have to register in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Space is limited so not every registration will be accepted.
In the email, please provide your first and last name, date and location of birth as well as your current address.
According to the conditions, attendees must be at least 16 years old. Due to the nature of the hangars, persons with disabilities or who have trouble with mobility will not be able to attend.
The deadline to register is November 6 at midnight (local FRA time). Successful applicants will be notified on November 7.
Last week Lufthansa revealed their plans to retire the last of their Boeing 737s that are still in service. If plans go to form, the last 737 will be removed from the fleet in October of this year, marking the end of a 48 year era. Over these 48 years, 155 737s have been in the LH fleet and 7 still serve today. Lufthansa first began using the 737 back on February 10, 1968.
This announcement is part of a larger strategy that has the Lufthansa Group retiring their aging aircraft. SWISS and Austrian are also in the midst of retiring some of their vintage birds including the Fokker family by Austrian and the Avro Regional Jet by SWISS.
As these birds are retired, they’ll be replaced by new and far more efficient Airbus narrow body aircraft helping improve the passenger experience on short and medium haul routes.
I had the chance to witness the retirement of one of these 737s when D-ABIB was brought to Lufthansa Technik Component Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For an avgeek, it’s a bit of a bittersweet moment to see an aircraft taken out of the fleet.
D-ABIB shortly after arriving in Tulsa for her retirement….
Lufthansa announced today that they will begin to roll out Broadband connectivity to all aircraft that fly LH’s medium and short haul routes. If all goes to plan, the first aircraft will have this ability starting in Summer of 2016.
According to LH, they will first airline in Europe to offer passengers the ability to connect to the internet for browsing, email and streaming access with speeds similar to what you would see at home.
In addition, Passengers will also be able to use the service to access their own mobile data plan for texting. Voice calls will thankfully not be permitted!
The new system will be provided by Inmarsat and will be installed and maintained by Lufthansa Technik.