2008-03-30 - A340 für FlugbereitschaftGerman air force gets VIP A340-300s
Gebrauchte A340 für die Flugbereitschaft<br /> Germany's Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has selected Lufthansa Technik AG as general contractor to modernise the long-haul fleet of the Special Air Mission Wing of Germany's ministry of defence.
The two partners signed a contract for the delivery of two used Airbus A340-300s from the Lufthansa fleet. The aircraft will also be given a major overhaul and fitted out with VIP cabins. In addition, the contract comprises an initial set of spare parts and the necessary ground equipment, as well as initial training for pilots and technical staff of the German air force.
Lufthansa Technik will purchase two A340-300s from Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Despite the difficult market situation for new aircraft, the two jets will be made available in the first quarter of 2009 and the fourth quarter of 2010 respectively. They will undergo a major overhaul at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg. Then the cabins will be fitted out, likewise at the Hamburg site. The two A340-300s will subsequently also be capable of transporting sick or injured patients (MedEvac). Another integral part of the contract is to ensure the flight readiness of the two aircraft including initial flight and technical training for German air force staff. Final delivery of the two aircraft to the air force is scheduled for the second quarter of 2010 and the fourth quarter of 2011. In the chosen configuration, the aircraft can carry a maximum of 142 passengers non-stop for a distance of about 13,000 km.