The Luftwaffe (German Air Force) announced on November 11 that its Airbus A350-900 XWB fleet has doubled following the arrival of the second aircraft, which was handed over to the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) during a recent ceremony hosted by Lufthansa Technik AG.
This second aircraft (serial 10+01 ‘Konrad Adenauer’) is the second of three A350-900 XWBs to be delivered to the Luftwaffe, with this example being the first to be handed over with a complete VIP cabin – featuring several offices with an attached lounge area for high-ranking German government officials and business/premium economy class seats for accompanying delegations – fitted. The arrival of this second aircraft comes more than two years after the first A350-900 XWB (serial 10+03) was delivered, although this example was fitted with a so-called ‘interim cabin’.
The third and final aircraft (serial 10+02) will also be delivered with a complete VIP cabin fitted and is currently being converted for Luftwaffe use at Lufthansa Technik AG’s facility in Hamburg, Germany. This aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in February 2023.
The A350-900 XWB that was initially delivered in 2020 will then receive its full VIP cabin suite, before being re-registered and redelivered to the Luftwaffe in 2024. The three aircraft have been sourced as a direct replacement for Germany’s two-strong Airbus A340-313X VIP transport fleet and will be operated by the Flugbereitschaft Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (FBS BMVg; Flight Readiness Service of the Federal Ministry of Defence) at Cologne-Wahn Airport.