What’s that you’re doing, Ms. Stube?

Louisa-Marie Stube, 19, warehouse logistics apprentice, has been with Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services in Frankfurt for two years
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Louisa-Marie Stube, 19

warehouse logistics apprentice (on the right in the photo)

… has been with Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services in Frankfurt for two years

What’s that you’re doing, Ms. Stube? “I’m helping a coworker to roll this Boeing 747-8 tire into the warehouse. As logistics specialists, we are responsible for keeping a stock of spare parts of all kinds and sizes, and for almost all of the regular aircraft types – that’s around 149 000 different components in Frankfurt alone. The day after tomorrow, we are expecting an A380 to arrive next door at Lufthansa Technik. It’s due for its next C-Check, which is one of the more extensive regular maintenance inspections. It’s our job to have all of the necessary spare parts at the ready. The technicians know beforehand which components are routinely replaced. This time, they have ordered around 150 parts – all kinds, from bolts to an emergency chute. Sometimes, though, damage is only discovered during the check. Then we have to move fast because unplanned downtime costs money. That would be a case for our round-the-clock AOG (Aircraft on Ground) desk. All orders placed there are given top priority.”