2008-01-13 - LH A380 HangarA380 maintenance hangar opened at Frankfurt
Lufthansa eröffnet neue Wartungshalle<br /> With the inauguration of the A380 maintenance hangar at its central maintenance facility in Frankfurt, Lufthansa Technik AG is ideally equipped to provide technical support for the Lufthansa fleet's future flagship and all other widebody aircraft.
"The size of the A380 exceeds the dimensions of any other aircraft so far. Now, with the new hangar, we have the required capacities at our disposal," said August Wilhelm Henningsen, chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik AG, at the opening ceremony. Now that the first phase of construction has been completed, two Airbus A380s or three Boeing 747s can be maintained simultaneously on the hangar's 25,000-square-metre ground plan. The entire hangar system has already been made fully accessible to traffic, with 72,000 square metres of apron, taxiways and parking positions. The second phase of construction, to be completed by 2015, will provide the capacity for simultaneous maintenance work on four A380s, thus becoming the largest aircraft hangar in Europe. The capital expenditure amounts to roughly 150 million euros. The A380 hangar will be put to use immediately a year and a half before Lufthansa commences operations with the A380 to handle the docking times for maintenance of Lufthansa's long-haul fleet. With the A380 hangar, Lufthansa Technik now has additional capacity at its disposal in Frankfurt for maintenance activities that are urgently needed as the Lufthansa Group expands its fleet. Lufthansa Technik keeps maintenance stations for checking customer aircraft at every major airport in Germany and at about 50 further locations around the world. The hub of Lufthansa Technik's line maintenance activities is Frankfurt airport. All the line maintenance centres around the world are controlled from there.