Lufthansa Technik’s site in Hamburg, Germany, has welcomed the second of three A350-900s operated by the German Ministry of Defense’s Special Air Mission Wing, for cabin completion.
The first aircraft, 10+03 (Kurt Schumacher), was initially equipped with a transitional cabin in 2020 to ensure an early entry into service.
Now the second, 10+01 (Konrad Adenauer), will be fitted with a full governmental cabin. The completion work will therefore take much longer – delivery is planned for Autumn 2022.
In parallel with a revised exterior appearance – updated with titles in the Bundes Sans font and wingtips in large-scale black, red and gold, among other things – 10+01 will also differ from 10+03 in terms of the interior.
In contrast to the latter’s open cabin design, the various functional areas for political and parliamentary flight operations will now be structurally separated from one another, as was the case with the two predecessors based on the A340. The rest of the cabin will be available to delegations, as usual. It will feature seating with generous seat pitch, washrooms and modern galley equipment.
The third A350, registered 10+02, is due to arrive in Hamburg in October 2021 to be fitted with a full governmental cabin. When both 10+01 and 10+02 have been redelivered, 10+03, which is currently in service, will return to Lufthansa Technik to be converted from the transitional to the full governmental cabin.