Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik lands largest contract in its history
Goodyear has ordered the new Zeppelin NT model LZ N07-101 at costs of approximately 14.5 mio. Euro. The first Zeppelin NT will commence its Goodyear operation in January 2014.
Besides the airship sale the deal also includes a close co-operation between the partners. Thomas Brandt, CEO of Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik said: „The Goodyear contract is a milestone in our company history. With this three airship sale we double the worldwide Zeppelin NT fleet.“
In close co-operation with Goodyear, Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik will develop further technical modifications for the airships ordered. Amongst others Goodyear and Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik have closed agreements on the joint development of a LED nightsign and a new cockpit display system besides the sale of airships. These improvements will also be available for future Zeppelin NTs.
In addition and beyond the delivery of the airships, Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik will supply technical support to Goodyear for the introduction of the Zeppelin NT as well as for the operation, maintenance and repair of the airships.
The airships will be delivered to Goodyear over the coming six years. The first airship will commence its Goodyear operation in January 2014. This first real manufacture to order contract is the basis for synergy effects in Zeppelin’s manufacturing and an optimization of the manufacturing cost through bulk procurement of parts and components. Finally Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik was able to receive the backing of the German Federal Government by way of a Hermes guaranty for the sale of the airships.
Managed by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, the three airships will be assembled by Zeppelin and Goodyear airship teams at Goodyear’s Wingfoot lake airship hangar near Akron, Ohio; there the airships will also perform their first flight. Procurement and production will be managed in Friedrichshafen. Parts and components will be preassembled by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik before shipment to Akron Ohio.
As Goodyear’s fleet of airships has been a fleet of blimps for decades, Goodyear’s decision for the Zeppelin NT is prove for the excellent properties of the Zeppelin NT. In addition, Thomas Brandt sees Goodyear’s’ decision for the Zeppelin NT as honor as well. “Since 1925 Goodyear has continuously been manufacturing and operating fleets of airships became the leader in Blimps in the airship industries. The decision for our airship makes the Zeppelin NT the leading product in its industry.”
With the expiry of the type certificate for the Goodyear Blimps „Spirit of America“, „Spirit of Goodyear“ and „Spirit of Innovation“ the Zeppelin NT will then be flying from Goodyear’s US airship bases in Ohio, California and Florida. Goodyear has no intention for commercial passenger flying, but will utilize the Zeppelin NT for its own corporate advertising and VIP passenger flights to support local and national charities.