Lufthansa Technik secures First Class cabins upgrade for Eithad A340s
Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Lufthansa Technik AG has been commissioned to install a new First Class cabin in nine Airbus A340 aircraft from the Etihad Airways long-haul fleet. These exacting cabin modifications for the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, are due to be completed by the end of 2010.

An announcement to this effect was issued by the two companies at the Dubai Airshow. Having already received its first two new Airbus long-haul aircraft already fitted with the new First Class Suite, Etihad Airways has now commissioned Lufthansa Technik to perform the engineering and conversion work on its Airbus A340 fleet, which has been in service for around two years

The complete renovation of the cabins, from seat configuration to cabin design, galley areas and a new in-flight entertainment system, will be carried out at the two sites of Hamburg and Lufthansa Technik Malta, starting in January 2010. The work will take place during C-checks that were already scheduled. All nine aircraft will be delivered to Etihad by the end of 2010.

“The new first class suite is a stunning product and stands out in the premium travel market. It has been incredibly well-received and we are delighted to be able to roll it out across the A340 fleet so quickly”, Werner Rothenbaecher, Etihad Airways’ executive vice president technical, said.

Commenting on the agreement, Walter Heerdt, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales at Lufthansa Technik, said: “We are delighted at the trust that Etihad has placed in us by awarding us this challenging contract. We are confident that, with our extensive experience in VIP and commercial aircraft, we will be able to implement this high-tech modification to the very highest standard.”

The exclusive First Class Suite of Etihad Airways offers its customers a particularly large and comfortable leather seat, which can also be converted to a luxurious flatbed. The suites are fitted with classic, lavish furnishings along with state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems.

Source: Press Release (Lufthansa Technik AG)