The first Luftwaffe Airbus A350-941CJ VIP transport, now wearing its full paint scheme, departs Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport, Germany, on its return to the Airbus facility at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, France, on March 20.
As reported last month, the aircraft, F-WZFF (c/n 416), completed its maiden flight from Toulouse on February 21. The aircraft was originally allocated for Lufthansa as D-AIXQ, but has been re-allocated as the first of three for the Luftwaffe, presumably to enable earlier delivery.
The budget committee of the German Bundestag had given approval on April 11, 2019, for the purchase of three A350-900s. The aircraft will replace the two VIP A340-313Xs operated by the Flugbereitschaft des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung (FBS BMVg, Flight Service of the German Ministry of Defence) at Köln-Wahn.