SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik and drone fleet operator Lufthansa Aerial Services will be pooling their expertise in the future. This step allows SafeDrone to steer its operations in a new direction and focus on services for business and industry customers.
Both companies will continue to trade under their current names and concentrate on their core competencies. SafeDrone’s focus will be on providing technical fleet management and monitoring the condition of drones via SafeDrone Health. Lufthansa Aerial Services is responsible for drone deployments at industrial installations such as wind turbines or electrical power lines. The training opportunities previously offered by SafeDrone and SafeDrone Academy will be continued and further developed by the affiliated company Lufthansa Aviation Training from March on.
By taking over the flight operations, Lufthansa Technik becomes the drone competence center for the entire Lufthansa Group. The MRO company is thus assuming responsibility for strategic matters, portfolio management and the correlation of all drone activities within the Group. Furthermore, Lufthansa Technik will also represent the Group’s interests on national as well as international bodies and take part in the development of binding standards for the drone industry.
“The realignment of SafeDrone and the integration of Lufthansa Aerial Services’ flight operations allow us to combine existing competencies and focus our drone activities on the growing industrial sector. Our skilled colleagues at Lufthansa Aviation Training will bring our training opportunities to the next level. Thanks to this strategic measure, the Lufthansa Group will be positioned successfully throughout the drone market’s value chain,” says Ulrich Hoffmann, project manager at SafeDrone.