November 13, 2017: Lufthansa Technik has been chosen by an undisclosed customer to equip several Boeing 747-8 aircraft with the new broadband Internet solution in the Ka-band frequency range from 2018 onwards. This will make Lufthansa Technik the world's first MRO provider to offer modifications for this aircraft type.
Lufthansa Technik is at present equipping the Airbus A320 Family of the Lufthansa Group with the most recent Ka-band satellite technology. Besides, Lufthansa Technik has Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Airbus A330/A340 Family and the Boeing 737 Family. Lufthansa Technik also holds the STC for all Boeing Business Jets BBJ1 (737-700) and BBJ2 (737-800) for the self-developed antenna radome TIOS (Two-In-One-Solution), which also enables the use of Ka-band and therefore optimum high-speed Internet and TV connections on board.
The STC proves that subsequent modifications to the aircraft comply with the valid design regulations of the responsible aviation authorities. Future customers will benefit from these additional type certificates, especially in terms of costs and aircraft ground time.