Airbus A350 handed over from Lufthansa Technik to the German Federal Government’s Special Air Mission Wing

Handover-ceremony of first Airbus A350-900 to the German Armed Forces ©LHT

Lufthansa Technik AG handed over the first of three new Airbus A350-900s to the German Armed Forces. During a small ceremony in Hamburg, Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer took a first look at the future flagship of the Federal Ministry of Defence’s (BMVg) Special Air Mission Wing.

On the way to the final operational readiness of the aircraft, the military certification for the 10+03 designation and various test flights with the new wide-body aircraft will take place in the coming weeks. This is the very first government aircraft of this type and thus also the first Airbus A350 not to be used in commercial airline service.

The factory-fresh aircraft, which was still on the civil register as D-AGAF, arrived at Lufthansa Technik at the beginning of May. It is equipped with a special transitional cabin for political-parliamentary flight operations. The cabin comes with office and conference areas, adjoined by a multifunctional lounge area. The remaining space is available for delegations flying on the aircraft.

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