Lufthansa Bombardier Going Strong, Two Decades On

Twenty years after Bombardier and Lufthansa Technik signed a joint venture, how has Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services grown to meet the needs of Bombardier operators in Europe and beyond?

Matt Harris  |  08th December 2017
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LBAS Celebrates 20-Years of Continual Growth and Momentum

Two decades ago, spurred by the vision of Bernhard Conrad, Bombardier Aerospace and Lufthansa Technik signed a joint venture to launch Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services. Twenty years on, that venture has never looked back. Following is a brief overview of its many highlights…


Opening its hangar doors in 1997, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) began operations at Berlin Brandenburg International Airport with just 17 employees. Demand for the services of the new joint venture (one of only two Bombardier service centers in Europe) was immediately apparent.


A joint agreement was signed between Lufthansa Technik and Bombardier Aerospace marking the start of Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services in 1997 The joint venture was signed between Lufthansa Technik and 
Bombardier Aerospace in 1997


During the first year of operations the team performed 20,000 hours of work on two aircraft platforms – the Bombardier Learjet and Bombardier Challenger series business aircraft.


By 1998, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services had appointed Andreas Kaden as its CEO. Kaden would remain at the helm for 13 years, and is credited with playing a major role in shaping the company into what it has become today.


Growing Capability

The new millennium brought many new opportunities for LBAS. For example, Bombardier had introduced the ultra-long-range, large cabin Global Express to its in-production fleet, and in 2000, shortly after it had entered service the very first Global Express to be maintained in Europe was welcomed by staff at LBAS’s facility.


LBAS welcomes the first Bombardier Global Express in Europe in 2000LBAS welcomed the first Bombardier Global Express in Europe to its facility in 2000


As its personnel and capabilities continued to grow, in 2004 LBAS introduced an Aircraft on Ground (AOG) support team, adding capability to respond to the needs of any Bombardier operators grounded by unexpected maintenance issues.


Then a year later, in 2005 LBAS received a major boost when ExecuJet joined the venture as a shareholder, providing the catalyst for the company to grow exponentially. Under the joint venture, Lufthansa Technik would hold a controlling share of 51%, while Bombardier Aerospace and ExecuJet would hold 29% and 20% shares respectively.


As LBAS continued to expand its portfolio of offerings for Bombardier operators, in 2007 it rolled out a new capability in the form of Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) services.


As a requirement for aircraft used for private or public transport within the EASA region, Continuing Airworthiness Management is designed to help operators achieve better dispatch reliability, improve their safety levels and reduce the overall cost of operation by bringing the various threads relating to ongoing airworthiness into one point of contact.


All the while, LBAS kept busy identifying and developing strategic partnerships with suppliers and service providers to enhance the experience of Bombardier jet operators throughout Europe and beyond.


New Leadership, Same Direction

In 2011, a change in leadership occurred when Andreas Kaden made the decision to step down as CEO. He was replaced by Christoph Meyerrose as Managing Director.


Having started with 17 staff and limited capabilities, by the time Kaden left the company LBAS had seen its staff-base expand to 150. Its service offerings had also developed to make LBAS a one-stop-shop maintenance solution for Learjet, Challenger and Global customers not only within Europe, but in the Middle East, Africa and the CIS.


By this time, the forward momentum was significant, and there would be no sign of any slowing under Meyerrose’s tenure that continues into today.


Over 300 suppliers, and strategic partnerships with Rockwell Collins, Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Satcom Direct, Lufthansa Technik, Gogo, F/LIST (and many more), exist today helping broaden and deepen LBAS’s service offerings. Meanwhile 220 staff are employed by LBAS, and will work a projected 187,000 hours in 2017 in the service of Bombardier jet operators.


The LBAS team involved in the first 8-C-Check ever undertaken in EuropeThe LBAS team involved in the first 8-C-Check ever undertaken in Europe


During the first 20 years, a total of 2.2 million man-hours have been devoted by LBAS on Bombardier Business Aircraft. Many innovations were initiated, including the first mid-life inspection on a Global Express and Challenger 604 anywhere in the world, the world’s fastest 96-month inspection, performance of the first 8-C-check in Europe and many other milestones.


In addition to Business Aviation, LBAS has serviced several government aircraft for the German Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, US Air Force, Canadian Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force and other military services.


Christoph Meyerrose, Managing Director, LBASChristoph Meyerrose, Managing Director, LBAS (left) with
Bombardier members of the supervisory board


Statement of Intent

In the year it celebrated its 20th anniversary, LBAS sent a clear message of intent for its next 20 years of service. In September 2017, it opened a Moscow location to better position the company to serve its growing CIS customer-base.


With the new branch LBAS began offering line maintenance services in the brand-new Hangar 14, located at Vnukovo-3. Subsequently it provides AOG services in Moscow’s three main airports (Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo) and throughout Russia and the CIS region.


Evidently, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services has its sights set far beyond the impressive measure of success it enjoyed in its first 20 years of operations. “We aim to maximize the availability of business jets. We will continue to do everything to lead the competition and to add new Bombardier aircraft programs to our product portfolio,” promises Meyerrose.


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