A completely new production system for the printing of aircraft interior panels and cabin elements is now being put into place by Lufthansa Technik. Termed as the water transfer printing process involves printing onto the cabin elements with a wafer-thin film.
A customized design with an especially high-grade surface is then obtained once the print is varnished.
"We have used this technology for more than ten years to create the most discerning one-off products for equipping VIP jets and we have built up a great deal of know-how," says Thorsten Hagemann, Head of Aircraft Interior Production at the VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services division at Lufthansa Technik. "Our new system is the largest of its kind. The automation of key process steps allows us to substantially shorten our lead times while maintaining an even higher standard of quality."
There are no limits as to the kind of finish that can be obtained, whether the look is imitation wood with the finest grain, a carbon fibre or a stone optic.
The new process allows for a quantum leap in the visual design of aircraft cabins while maintaining a high level of production efficiency.