Extensive cabin modification
With 33 Air Berlin aircraft due to be operated by Eurowings, Lufthansa Technik’s engineering department in Hamburg provides extensive engineering services to convert the cabins. The Eurowings technicians in Düsseldorf will be adapting the fleet comprising of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft to the airline’s standards through the end of April.
For Eurowings, this access to 33 aircraft is a milestone on the way to making the brand a leading provider of low-cost direct flights in Europe.
Lufthansa Technik’s engineers prepared the required design documents for modifications that included an increase in the seat pitch and the corresponding adjustment of the service elements above the passengers. Other tasks comprise the installation of new safety belts, the adaptation of the in-flight entertainment hardware and the application of new foils in the Eurowings design to the cabin monuments.
“The modification of 33 aircraft in such a short amount of time requires intensive cooperation and great experience,” says Ole Duenhaupt, Design Verification Engineer for cabin modifications at Lufthansa Technik, describing the challenge of this job.
“The responsible team, consisting of representatives from the customer Air Berlin as well as technicians from Eurowings and our engineering department, coordinated and completed all the required steps – from the preparation of the design documents and the planning and coordination of the layovers to the aircrafts’ approval and acceptance for flight operations – in the shortest time possible. All the wheels interlocked with precision.”
At the end of April, all 33 Air Berlin aircraft will be available to Eurowings for operation with the new cabin design.