Lufthansa Technik took delivery yesterday of the first of three Airbus A350-900s for conversion to a VIP interior for the German Federal Government’s Special Air Mission Wing. It’s the first conversion of this kind to an A350-900, according to Lufthansa Technik.
To be delivered by the end of July to the German Air Force, the widebody twin will be equipped with a “transitional” cabin for the transport of government officials and their delegations that will be later replaced with a “fully featured VIP cabin” that the other two A350s—military registrations 10+01 and 10+02—will have installed at Lufthansa Technik.
The transitional cabin on this first A350—military registration 10+03—will include office and conference areas, a multifunctional lounge, washrooms, and a kitchen with modern equipment. It will receive the permanent VIP cabin once completions are wrapped up on its sister A350s.
“Over decades we have formed a comprehensive partnership with the German Air Force, in the course of which we have already equipped a large number of aircraft with special cabins for government representatives,” said Lufthansa Technik VIP and special mission aircraft services v-p Kai-Stefan Röpke. “We are pleased to be able to extend this cooperation to install the first government cabin in an Airbus A350. This is not only a first for our long-standing customer German Air Force or for Lufthansa Technik, but for the entire industry.”