Lufthansa Flight Training improves simulator utilisation and earnings

At its sites in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Vienna, Bremen, Munich and Phoenix, Arizona, Lufthansa Flight Training has decades of experience in training cockpit and cabin crew in areas such as flight simulation, service and emergency training and computer-aided learning.

In addition to Lufthansa Group companies, around 150 other airlines belong to the company’s customer base. Increasing demand for simulator and cabin training and long-term relationships with important customers in the airline industry had a positive effect on revenue and results in 2011. Simulator training made the largest contribution to this, with higher capacity utilisation than in the previous year. Lufthansa Flight Training also enjoyed higher demand in 2011 from Lufthansa Passenger Airlines for basic flight attendant training courses. Total operating income for Lufthansa Flight Training increased to EUR 178m (+4.7 per cent). The operating result was 3.3 per cent up on the previous year at EUR 31m.

Lufthansa Flight Training commissioned additional facilities in order to satisfy the greater demand for training services. Since May 2011 three flat-panel trainers for the A320 family have made the type-rating training even more efficient. The first of the new simulators went into operation on 6 May 2011 at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center in Munich. Two more have been available at Lufthansa Flight Training in Frankfurt since 20 May and 1 July 2011.

Since summer 2011 customers have been able to use another cockpit simulator for an Airbus A320 model at the site in Munich. Another A320 cockpit simulator has also been added to existing training capacities in Frankfurt and will be ready for training in early 2012.

Since late 2011 the flight training school in Bremen has been able to make use of another training plane for its junior pilots. An additional flight navigation procedure trainer was delivered, entering service in early 2012. The first training courses with students from Austrian Airlines started at the flight training school in Bremen in March and April.

In future too, Lufthansa Flight Training intends to face up to the challenges of competition. Competitiveness requires that long-term profitability is assured in spite of cyclical volatility. Achieving this is therefore the central objective of the corporate strategy. The company began the year 2012 with new, leaner structures. With these lean structures and optimised processes, cost and therefore price advantages should secure existing and additional business.