Hamburg training center gets Boeing 737

Lufthansa Technical Training takes over Boeing 737-500

The Lufthansa Technik facility in Hamburg is celebrating: today, Lufthansa Technical Training GmbH (LTT) took possession of its own Boeing 737-500, to be used for technical training. The aircraft with the tailsign D-ABIA has already logged 50,623 flight hours on 45,287 flights in the service of Lufthansa Passenger Airline. At LTT, it will serve coming generations as a technical milestone and, at the same time, uphold the aircraft type's important role in the history of Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg is currently home to more than 300 trainees. Some of them are enrolled in dual-study training or university degree programs to become aircraft mechanics, for example, or engineers. For all of them, practical experience is an important element of their training in addition to the theoretical instruction they receive at vocational school or the university. The Boeing 737 is now available for use by technicians-in-training as a fully functional aircraft, with all its systems, to supplement LTT's training workshops and specialized workshops.

Karsten Schmidt, Chief Operating Officer of Production at LTT, says: "Dual-study training is the backbone of the technical and personal competence of our team here. We decided to buy this aircraft so that we can offer our trainees the best possible foundation in the future as well as today. At the same time we were able to acquire an aircraft of a type that is very significant for the history of Lufthansa. That makes us proud."

Michael Paarmann, head of training at LTT, is convinced: "With a ‘living' aircraft, our trainees can gain even greater insights into the connections between various aircraft systems. The conditions of real flight operation offer a perfect environment for them, for example during testing." He also believes that "this aircraft will enable the trainees to identify even more strongly with their training and with flight operations."

D-ABIA was entered into service on December 20, 1990 as one of the first three of a total of 30 Boeing 737-500s that Lufthansa purchased from Boeing. Since that time, it has been flown all over Europe. The aircraft's last flight, with the head of the Boeing 737 fleet, Captain Ulrich Pade, and technical pilot Captain Rainer Frischkorn, at the helm, brought it from Frankfurt to Hamburg Airport. Here, at Lufthansa Technik's home base, it will be maintained in the future through the joint efforts of LTT, the trainees, and the maintenance organization, including all the necessary checks.

Just like Lufthansa Passenger Airline, Lufthansa Technik and the Boeing 737 have a long history together. Lufthansa was very early in recognizing the need for an aircraft of this type, and during the mid-1960s, engineers working under the direction of Professor Ernst Simon in what was then the technical division of Lufthansa (today's Lufthansa Technik) made important contributions to the development of the aircraft. A total of 140 Boeing 737s of various generations of the aircraft have flown – and are still flying – for Lufthansa, and around 500 Boeing 737s and 737NGs around the world currently receive technical support exclusively from Lufthansa Technik.