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Balance 2015 ENG

The Laboratory Services department at Lufthansa Technik serves customers inside and outside the Lufthansa Group. Recognized fire labora- tory for aviation An important safety and quality function is also fulfilled by the five test laboratories of Lufthansa Technik’s Central Materials Tech- nology in Hamburg. The task of this recog- nized fire control institution is to test all materials used in the construction of aircraft for their flammability and certify them according to the fire protection regulations of the relevant aviation authorities. This applies equally to serially manufactured mass products and materials used on VIP aircraft. Not only the Lufthansa Group airlines rely on the expertise of Central Materials Technology at Lufthansa Technik, but also aircraft manufacturers, airline operators and suppliers. The background to this is that only a few companies main- tain their own fire control laboratories and are allowed to issue aviation certifications. Laboratory Services analyze on-board fluids Aircraft systems require a multitude of fluids, the operational capability of which must be checked at regular intervals. This is the responsibility of Lufthansa Technik’s Laboratory Services division in Frankfurt, which looks after customers within and outside of the Lufthansa Group. The focus of its laboratory chemical and physical analyses is on parameters such as appear- ance, acid value, density, water content, conductivity and viscosity. The results enable inferences to be made concerning the condition and functionality of motor oil and hydraulics fluids. Beyond this, the experts also test on-board kerosene sam- ples for pollution with germs, as this can cause damage through corrosion. Study on cabin air quality on short-haul flights as well The Lufthansa Group also sets milestones in the area of cabin air quality. To guaran- tee the best possible air quality and to identify hazards from pollutants at an early stage or to rule them out entirely, the Com- pany conducted a comprehensive series of measurements in the cockpits of Airbus A380s. The study, which drew data from more than 800 flight hours, centered on the use of a measuring kit jointly developed with Hannover Medical School (MHH) and did not show any pollutant load in a single case (see page 75, Balance 2014). The same applies to the occurrence of so- called smell events. The measuring kit identifies and quantifies nearly 200 sub- stances that could potentially be present in cabin air. In November 2014, the aviation company extended the cabin air research to short- haul Airbus A321s. Measurements of cabin air were conducted until April 2015 and comprised data from 44 flights within Europe. The study’s results are expected to be published in the course of this year. 66 // Product Responsibility