Lufthansa Technik is preparing to begin work on the world’s first head-of-state cabin conversion of an Airbus A350, destined for the German Federal Government’s Special Air Mission Wing. The work, which will be carried out at the company’s VIP workshops in Hamburg and is expected to complete in April 2020, will include equipping the aircraft with a special transitional cabin for the carrying of delegations.
The transitional cabin will be tailored precisely to the customer’s specific requirements, featuring an office area and spacious conference area, adjoined by a multifunctional lounge area, with the rest of the cabin area available to accompanying delegations. The cabin will be equipped with modern, comfortable seats, a “generous number” of washrooms and a kitchen designed to cater for up to 150 people.
“The German Air Force was our very first external customer. We have been equipping its aircraft, including government aircraft, for decades, thus forming a comprehensive partnership,” said Wieland Timm, senior sales director for VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik. “That we have now been asked to support and equip the latest generation of government aircraft as well is a great vote of confidence. With our wide-ranging expertise for the Airbus A350, we are well equipped to meet the high expectations of the new government aircraft.”