Lufthansa Technik has launched its new Lconnect brand, which aims to make it easier for airlines and other partners to connect their fleets.
The service has been launched in cooperation with Lufthansa Systems and brings together all of the various elements involved in inflight connectivity under one new brand.
Lukas Bucher, Lufthansa Technik’s Head of Connectivity Programmes, said: “The new brand highlights the work we have been doing for decades, offering a full package of services for the inflight connectivity community.
“We are independent from connectivity providers and airlines, but can integrate whatever the customers wants. As a family we can do a lot more than many others out there.”
He says Lconnect offers everything you need to connect your aircraft, from planning and installation to in-service support.
This includes fuselage-mounted Ku- and Ka-band antenna and radome installations, tail-mount antennas, cockpit/cabin communications, on-board networks and much more.
Lufthansa Technik says its unique triple competence as a maintenance, design and production organisation means it has the capabilities needed to integrate everything.
Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect product is the final piece in the jigsaw that complements Technik’s services.
“A lot of companies make promises about what they can deliver, but we are doing all of it, right now,” said Bucher. “There are still companies out there offering services and making promises they cannot keep.
“We prefer to be honest and open with our promises and make sure we keep them.”
To illustrate, Bucher said Lufthansa Technik has already completed around 225 Inmarsat GX installs on the Lufthansa, Eurowings and Austrian Airline fleets.
“Typically, we are now doing the GX installs and returning the aircraft to service in four days,” he said.
“We also support air-to-ground (ATG) systems and plan to trial the Deutsche Telekom / Inmarsat European Aviation Network (EAN) solution.”
EAN uses a cellular tower network across Europe and LTE technology, providing broadband connectivity to aircraft, supported by an S-band satellite for areas outside of the ground range, such as parts of the Irish Sea.