Lufthansa Technik is working on the cabin
conversion of three Airbus A350-900s for the German Federal
Government's Special Air Mission Wing.
The first aircraft, with the temporary civil
registration D-AGAF (later military registration 10+03), arrived
at Hamburg's International Airport in Fuhlsbüttel earlier this
The A350 will be given a government cabin by
Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services
product division, in what is the world's first conversion of this
kind of an Airbus A350.
The aircraft will initially be equipped with a
special transitional cabin for the transport of representatives of
the Federal Government and their accompanying delegations.
The corresponding preliminary work started in
November last year in Lufthansa Technik's VIP workshops. Once the
aircraft has received its cabin, it is scheduled to be delivered
to the customer by the end of July.
The transitional cabin will be equipped with
office and conference areas, adjoined to a multifunctional lounge
area. The rest of the cabin space will be available to the
accompanying delegations. It will have generous seat spacing, an
appropriate number of washrooms and modern kitchen equipment.
Only after the sister aircraft 10+01 and 10+02,
which are currently still under construction, receive a fully
featured VIP cabin from Lufthansa Technik next year, the
transitional cabin in 10+03 will also be exchanged for one.
"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 Kai-Stefan Röpke,
Vice President VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services. "We are of
course particularly pleased to be able to extend this cooperation
to the most modern generation of aircraft and 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."