In Hamburg Lufthansa Technik has started the conversion of the first Airbus A350 to a government aircraft. The jet will be given a temporary cabin.
For the time being it still bears the civil registration D-AGAF. However, as one of a total of three new long-haul aircraft in the German Ministry of Defence’s Aircraft Division, the Airbus A350-900 will bear the military registration 10+03 in the future. Last March it was spotted for the first time in its future livery.
On its way to becoming a state aircraft, the aircraft now entered its next stage. At Hamburg Airport Lufthansa Technik took delivery of the A350 on Thursday (May, 7) and started the conversion. In order to be able to hand over the 10+03 to the flight crew as early as next July, the maintenance company will initially equip it with a «special transition cabin».
Sister aircraft still under construction
The wide-body jet will be equipped with an office and conference area. The remaining cabin will be available for delegations flying in the new German government jet. Despite the interim solution, the cabin will get «seating with generous seat pitch, an adequate number of washrooms and modern galley equipment», Lufthansa Technik writes in a press release.
Next year the two future sister aircraft 10+01 and 10+02 will be delivered with a fully-fledged VIP cabin and special military equipment. These two A350s are currently still under construction at Airbus. As soon as they have been handed over to the flight crew, the 10+03 will be retrofitted with the definitive cabin, Lufthansa Technik said.
See pictures of the new Airbus A350 in the picture gallery above.