Germany’s air force has received its third Airbus A350-900 for governmental transport missions following completion of the aircraft’s interior by Lufthansa Technik.
Named after “Theodor Heuss” – West Germany’s first president – and bearing the military registration 10+02, the A350 was handed over on 16 March.
Based at Cologne-Wahn airport, the widebody twin joins an existing example – “Konrad Adenauer”, registration 10+01 – in service.
The third member of the fleet, “Kurt Schumacher”/10+03, meanwhile, is currently being retrofitted with the full governmental cabin in place of the interim interior it had at delivery in 2020. Germany expects the jet to return in 2024.
Aircraft 10+02 had been transferred from Airbus to Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg in October 2021.
All A350s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.