November 12, 2017
Lufthansa Technik to equip Boeing 747-8 with Ka-broadband internet
Lufthansa Technik has been appointed by an undisclosed customer to equip several Boeing 747-8 aircraft with the new broadband Internet solution in the Ka-band frequency range from 2018 onwards. Lufthansa Technik is currently equipping the Airbus A320 Family of the Lufthansa Group with the latest Ka-band satellite technology. In addition, Lufthansa Technik has Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Airbus A330/A340 Family and the Boeing 737 Family. Lufthansa Technik also holds the STC for all Boeing Business Jets BBJ1 (737-700) and BBJ2 (737-800) for the self-developed antenna radome TIOS (Two-In-One-Solution), which also enables the use of Ka-band and therefore optimum high-speed Internet and TV connections on board. The STC proves that subsequent modifications to the aircraft comply with the valid design regulations of the responsible aviation authorities. Future customers, whether airlines or operators of VIP aircraft, will benefit from these additional type certificates, especially in terms of costs and aircraft ground time.