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Airbus: a crowning achievement
for European co-operation

Hamburg Airport: setting high standards
for environmental protection

Lufthansa Technik: The world leader
in aircraft servicing

 

Airbus: a crowning achievement for European co-operation

At the end of January 2001, participants and journalists from the Aerodays 2001 conference were invited for a tour of the EADS Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany, where final assembly of the Airbus A321, A319, and now the A318, is carried out. Walking through the 7.4-acre Otto Lilienthal Hangar, especially built for the purpose, visitors were awed by some of the world's most advanced technologies as fuselage sections were joined, wings, engine pylons and landing gear attached, and interior furnishings installed.

"The large structural components, completely equipped and tested, are delivered to the final assembly line via an 'air bridge'," explained David Voskuhl of the EADS Airbus. "A special fleet of transport aircraft bring us fuselage sections, wings and so forth from our partner companies in Spain, France, Italy and Germany. After assembly, painting and test flights, the aircraft are taken over by customers."

"Beyond any doubt, the co-operative approach of French, British, German and other European aeronautics industries has been proven correct", said Voskuhl. "Airbus Industrie is one of the largest industrial ventures in Europe and, after Boeing, the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. As of the end of 2000, a total of 2499 Airbus aircraft had been ordered, with a backlog for the company of 1626 aircraft representing four years' worth of production."

Meanwhile, Airbus continues to follow an international co-operative approach in the development of new aircraft. Current projects include the liquid hydrogen-fuelled 'Cryoplane' the SCT (Supersonic Commercial Transport) aircraft, the MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) and a new generation of military transport aircraft. Add to these the recently launched A380 super wide-body project and the group and its partners look set to extend their success into the foreseeable future.


Hamburg Airport: setting high standards for environmental protection

As a large European commercial airport, Flughafen Hamburg GmbH is an important economic player in the city of Hamburg, and its operation implies a significant impact on the environment. According to Michael Kerkloh of Hamburg Airport's Executive Board, "Environmental protection is an essential part of the airport's strategy." Greeting visitors to the airport as part of the Aerodays 2001 conference, he added, "We have made important progress, and in doing so, we've still managed to turn a nice profit. We are proud of our efforts, and today we're going to show you why."

Guests were then treated to an extensive tour of the 564 hectare site, highlighting an impressive array of environmental monitoring systems and protection schemes.

Noise reduction
Hamburg Airport uses highly advanced noise monitoring equipment at 13 fixed and 2 mobile stations. Although air traffic has increased by 50% since 1982, the sound level has gone down, largely due to the introduction of quieter aircraft engines. On the ground, four noise abatement programmes since 1978, in co-operation with the City of Hamburg, have contributed over 60 million DM towards helping residents in high-noise areas.

Air quality
While aircraft are among the main contributors to air pollution around airports, significant emissions are also produced by power stations, motor vehicle traffic on aprons, and feeder and freight traffic. In Hamburg, airport and city authorities have worked together to reduce the amounts of waste gases produced with the help of an air quality monitoring scheme.

Energy conservation
Hamburg Airport is designed to use energy as sparingly and as effectively as possible. The heat and power plant produces electricity, heat and refrigeration in a combined process, providing for half of the airport's power requirements. The same amount of electricity purchased from an external source would require a third more energy to produce.

Waste disposal
Hamburg Airport handles its own waste disposal and has set waste prevention as a major priority. The quantity of waste, and in particular the quantity of non-recyclable waste, has been significantly reduced through the selection of more environmentally friendly supplies and materials. Production methods, packaging, durability and reusability of products are all considered when choosing suppliers.

Water consumption and pollution
The airport boasts a three-pronged water protection programme. First, consumption of public water has been minimised through increased use of rainwater and water from industrial sources. Second, the quantity of wastewater has been reduced and advanced water treatment and disposal processes have been introduced. The third prong comprises the careful handling of materials that can threaten water resources, including aircraft fuel, de-icing agents and disinfectants. Runoff storage reservoirs are regularly monitored for such substances and the outflow can be directed accordingly.


Lufthansa Technik: The world leader in aircraft servicing

Participants in the Aerodays 2001 conference were treated to a rare view of aircraft maintenance operations at the Lufthansa Technik headquarters near Hamburg Airport. Among the highlights of the visit was a stroll through massive maintenance hangars with spectacular views from above, below and inside aircraft in the process of being overhauled. "Over 6000 people are employed here," said Lufthansa Technik's Bernd Habbel. "Our engineers and technicians are especially proud of a number of procedures and technologies which they have developed themselves in-house."

Lufthansa Technik is the world's leading provider of technical services for commercial aircraft, offering the entire spectrum of aircraft MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) services, including the complete overhaul of Boeing and Airbus jetliners, and IAE, General Electric, CFMI and Pratt and Whitney engines. In addition to Lufthansa's own fleet of more than 300 aircraft, Lufthansa Technik services the aircraft, engines and components of more than 260 other customers.

"An overhaul begins with multilevel work platforms several stories high being brought up to the aircraft," explained Habbel. "The plane is then disassembled piece by piece and thoroughly inspected: fuselage, wings and undercarriage, along with pneumatic, electrical and hydraulic systems. The engines are also removed, disassembled and meticulously inspected."

Lufthansa Technik's business is distributed among several bases and subsidiaries. "We are now present all over the world and we employ more than 220,000 people," said Habbel. "Our strong alliance with other companies enables us to provide complete servicing of commercial aircraft of the very highest quality."

   
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