Ka-band Going Fleet Wide at Lufthansa

Lufthansa Technik AG has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for the Lufthansa Group’s entire Airbus A320 aircraft family which now covers short and medium-haul flights.


Around 300 aircraft will be fitted with the necessary antennae and routers in parallel in up to ten production lines by spring 2018 at  various Lufthansa Technik locations.


The engineers at Lufthansa Technik have optimized the system installation procedure and minimized the required intervention in the aircraft structure. This allows the fastest possible integration even in large fleets – generally in four days per layover. Subsequent modifications and even complete dismantling of the installation to cater for any future as yet unknown technology developments are feasible without costly replacement of large structural elements.


Lufthansa Technik currently holds Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Airbus A320 family and the Airbus A340 for installing the system. It is planned to include the Boeing 737 family and the

Airbus A330 in the short term in order to provide full support for customers in particular in the Asian market for equipping their fleets with broadband communication technology.


“The procedure we have developed combined with Lufthansa Technik’s wealth of experience in the project management of extensive modification programs ensures that we can equip even large fleets with this technology in the shortest possible time,” said Lukas Bucher, Head of Connectivity at Lufthansa Technik. “We also want to  make sure from the very outset that any technological advances that we may not yet be aware of or any changes in customer requirements can be retrofitted or converted with minimum overhead,” stressed Heike Handke, Product Manager Strategy and Business Development in the Aircraft Modification business unit of Lufthansa Technik.

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