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Lufthansa, Bombardier sign training agreement


Lufthansa, Bombardier sign training agreement
Bombardier, Lufthansa Flight Training and Lufthansa Technical Training signed the first Authorized Training Provider agreement on April 22, for the CSeries.

April 23, 2009  By Carey Fredericks

From left to right: Gary Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft; Florian Hamm, President, LFT; Hank Blasiak, General Manager, Training, Bombardier Aerospace and James Hoblyn, President, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft.  

April 23, 2009, Montreal – Bombardier Aerospace, Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT) and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) signed the first Authorized Training Provider (ATP) agreement on April 22, for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft. The agreement will ensure that European operators of CSeries aircraft have access to world-class training services right at their doorstep. LFT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG while LTT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG.

Under the agreement, LFT will provide pilot training and cabin crew training, and LTT will provide technical training for Europe-based operators of the 110-passenger CS100 aircraft and 130-passenger CS300 aircraft, scheduled to enter into service in 2013. The new ATP will deliver training through an existing network of training centres in various locations across Europe.

"The anticipated success of the landmark CSeries aircraft program represents a strategic opportunity for us," said Florian Hamm, President, LFT. "As one of the world's leading providers of training services, we look forward to providing the high-calibre training that customers will expect for this ground-breaking jetliner."

Both LFT and LTT will benefit from the use of Bombardier course materials while using their own instructors, infrastructure and simulator(s). They will employ the latest e-learning, classroom and simulator training technologies that will meet or exceed the European Aviation Safety Agency's and other regulatory requirements. "The joint training approach of Bombardier, LFT and LTT guarantees operator-focused, state-of-the-art training concepts and techniques," stated Holger Beck, COO, LTT.


"We are delighted to achieve this important customer training milestone so early in the development of the program for the CSeries aircraft," said James Hoblyn, President, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. "It speaks to our priorities and represents another solid building block in Bombardier's ongoing effort to redefine its service network to better support operators in all its programs worldwide."

Training services for the CSeries aircraft in Europe will mirror the training that Bombardier will conduct in the Montreal area, where the aircraft will be assembled. Training is expected to begin in 2013, in advance of the first delivery. Bombardier currently intends to pursue other ATP opportunities for other regions which will be announced at a later date.

The agreement fuels momentum for the CSeries jetliner program, which has booked 50 firm orders with another 50 options to date. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer for the CSeries aircraft program, has signed a firm purchase agreement for 30 CS100 aircraft, with options for an additional 30 CSeries jets. On March 30, Lease Corporation International Aviation (New Buildings) Limited ordered three CS100 and 17 CS300 jetliners, with options on a further 20 CSeries aircraft.

About the CSeries

At time of entry into service in 2013, the CSeries family of aircraft will be the greenest single-aisle aircraft in its class. These game-changing aircraft will emit 20(i) per cent less CO2 and 50(i) per cent less NOx, fly four(i) times quieter, and deliver dramatic energy savings – 20(i) per cent fuel-burn advantage as well as 15(i) per cent improved cash operating costs versus current in-production aircraft of similar size. The CSeries aircraft will set a new benchmark in the industry, consuming as little as two litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres in its more dense seating layouts(i).

About Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT)

Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) is the world's leading provider of basic and advanced training for employees and managers working in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and the broader aerospace industry. From basic technical training to type-specific further training through to non-specialised technical and non technical advanced training, LTT offers all the important training measures companies require. LTT has now been active in the area of targeted qualification and personnel development for more than fifty years. These comprehensive competencies and experiences make it possible to offer professional training not only for companies in the MRO and aerospace industry, but also in sectors connected to aviation and other diverse industries.

About Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT)

Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH (LFT) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. LFT brings together Lufthansa's decades-long experience in the training of cockpit and cabin crews. Today, more than 150 other airlines in addition to Lufthansa take advantage of LFT's specialist expertise in areas such as simulator training, emergency and service training and e-learning. With a total of 38 cockpit simulators located in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bremen, Vienna, Munich and soon Moscow, LFT is one of Europe's largest training centres for pilots and flight attendants.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

Bombardier, CSeries, CS100 and CS300 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

(i) The CSeries aircraft is in the design phase. All data and specifications are estimates, subject to change in family strategy, branding, capacity, performance during the course of the design, manufacture and certification process. Performance has been estimated based on a 500-nm North American operating environment.


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