At the world's leading trade fair for aircraft cabins, Aircraft
Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik AG will be presenting
"Lease your cabin" - a new offer for fast, easy cabin modification
from a single source.
The first product available is the leasing of aircraft seats, which
meets, for the first time, the needs of airlines who want to increase
the attractiveness of their cabins or adapt their seating
configurations quickly and easily. Lufthansa Technik will offer
financing, procurement, engineering and the complete material supply
for the seats. In the future, this leasing product will also be
offered for other cabin elements and be extended to include all
"The purchase of a complete aircraft cabin would be a major financial
burden, especially for operators of aircraft that are leased for a
relatively short period of time," is how Georg Stoffelen, Head of
Product Cabin Modification at Lufthansa Technik, describes the
situation at many carriers. "At the same time, our new concept also
offers a simple solution for airlines that merely want to modernize
their cabin layouts at shorter intervals."
As an alternative to the complete financing of a new aircraft cabin
for an entire fleet, "Lease your cabin" will be offered as a
single-payment service for a change in cabin layout (engineering,
seat adaptation, installation material) alongside a monthly leasing
payment for the seats themselves. In addition to cost-efficient
financing for the lease contract, Lufthansa Technik will organize the
installation of the new, lighter-weight seats at any location in
Lufthansa Technik's network and provide all the necessary material.
The services also include engineering and the necessary
documentation, including all regulatory approvals (EASA Part 21J).
Lufthansa Technik works with the renowned aircraft seat manufacturer
ZIM Flugsitz GmbH and its global leasing partner CHG-MERIDIAN to
provide cabin leasing. The lightweight, innovative economy seats
reduce the weight of the cabin and thus fuel consumption. At the same
time, more seats can be installed in the cabin without compromising
on passenger comfort. For instance, an Airbus A320 can hold 180 seats
instead of just 174. This enables airlines to generate higher
revenues over the medium term.
The goal for this product is that airline customers can order "Lease
your cabin" with a lead time of just three months. The actual
modifications can be carried out within two days per aircraft, for
example as part of a minor maintenance check. Lufthansa Technik can
also take on the task of storing the original cabin interior - a
service that is attractive for operators of leased aircraft, because
it allows them to restore the cabin quickly to its contractually
agreed original state when the aircraft is returned at the end of the
Other products offered with "Lease your cabin" will include galleys
and lavatories in addition to partitions and monuments. Plans
currently call for them to be available at the end of the year.
Christian Bienas and Georg Stoffelen will be available at Lufthansa
Technik's booth 6B80 in Hall 6 at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg
from 10 - 12 April 2018.