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Lufthansa Technik hands over A340 to German Federal Ministry of Defense

Lufthansa Technik has handed over the first A340 for the German Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg)’s Special Air Mission Wing (FlBschft BMVg). Over a period of about 21 months the aircraft underwent a full overhaul, was fitted with a VIP cabin and supplementary military equipment and had its exterior repainted. An intensive demonstration and test programme has been carried out by the German Armed Forces Test and Evaluation Centre (WTD 61) since the beginning of 2011 to prepare the aircraft for government service.

The A340 is the first of two long-range aircraft of this type to be delivered under the programme to upgrade the medium- and long-haul fleets of the FlBschft BMVg. Both aircraft were acquired from Deutsche Lufthansa. Two new A319CJs fitted with VIP cabins were already handed over to the Bundeswehr by Lufthansa Technik in March and May 2010. The second A340-300 is due to be delivered in the summer of 2011.

“Despite the much greater complexity of the work, we have succeeded once again, as we did with the two A319s, in delivering the first A340 to the Bundeswehr as stipulated in the contract and within budget,” said August Wilhelm Henningsen, chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik. “I would like to take this opportunity to stress the highly professional and constructive collaboration with our partners from the BMVg, the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement and the Luftwaffe over the last few years.”

The new aircraft cabin is divided into several zones – a conference area with 12 seats, a private area with 15 seats and a delegation area seating 116 people with generous seat pitch. The aircraft boasts a total of 143 passenger seats plus 19 crew positions, and is designed to be accessible to disabled people. Lufthansa Technik’s nice digital CMS has also been installed.

A number of additional features were implemented to meet the Luftwaffe’s requirements. For medevac operations, the delegation area can be converted into a flying intensive care unit complete with facilities such as extra oxygen and a separate power supply, allowing up to four wounded people, accident victims or sick passengers to be transported. A secure communication and information system – comprising wireless LAN, telephony, fax and internet/email connection – has also been installed.

Lufthansa Technik has been contracted to supply technical logistics services for the new medium- and long-haul fleet. In addition to the two A319s and the two A340s this will include four Bombardier Global 5000s due to be delivered to the Special Air Mission Wing by Lufthansa Technik in the second half of 2011. The scope of services Lufthansa Technik is providing covers maintenance management; servicing the aircraft, engines and components; spares provisioning; and the supply and updating of aeronautical and technical documentation.

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