Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has completed the installation of a high speed connectivity system onto a VIP Airbus A340 for the first time. The German MRO equipped the jet with Ka-band satellite communication technology after becoming the first company in Europe to receive a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for such modifications from EASA. This follows a similar STC for the A320 Family while LHT is also working towards A330 and Boeing 737BBJ approval.
“Over the past months our engineers and avionic specialists have done a great job to get the approvals from the authorities for different aircraft types of both VIP and commercial customers,” LHT’s Senior Vice President of VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services Walter Heerdt remarked. “Again, we have proven to be a pioneer in integrating state-of-the-art technology on board. We take pride in being the first VIP completion and maintenance centre to make this ultra-high speed internet above the clouds a reality.”
The installation of Ka-band technology enables passengers to use the full spectrum of aircraft cabin applications such as email, web, access to VPN networks, voice capabilities, video conferencing, cloud computing and e-commerce.