The German parliament approved the purchase of an ex Lufthansa A321, which also includes spare parts and training.
|Lufthansa A321 (Photo credit: Thomas Becker)|
Last January 5 the contract has been signed for a total value of 89.608.677 Euro.
Conversion work will take place at Lufthansa’s Hamburg facility and will initially be performed to civilian certification standards. Subsequently it will seek military airworthiness approval for any further modifications, such as the addition of a defensive aids suite.
The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2018, says the defence ministry, and will be based alongside its other VIP aircraft at Cologne air base.
Germany currently operates two ACJ319s, a pair of A340 and four Bombardier Global 5000.
Written by Matteo Sanzani