The German protection procurement company (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr; BAAINBw) has taken supply of the second Airbus A321LR (lengthy vary) transport plane from Lufthansa Technik AG in a ceremony in Hamburg. The Airbus A321LR lengthy vary transport plane with the tactical identification 15+11 will quickly be transferred to the German Air Drive for troop transport and parliamentary flight operations. Extra capabilities, equivalent to functions for the medical transport and evacuation duties (MedEvac), are deliberate for integration in 2023.

The 2 plane will likely be operated by the Govt Transport Wing of the German protection ministry, which operates as a part of the German Air Drive. Airbus is delivering the “base” plane beneath a contract from 2020, which then bear the militarization and modification course of at Lufthansa Technik. The conversion of the primary plane at Lufthansa Technik’s base in Hamburg started final December. Within the months that adopted, it was initially modified for versatile troop and passenger transport in addition to parliamentary flight operations on quick, medium and long-haul routes. The utmost capability on this configuration is 136 passengers.


German Air Drive Receives Airbus A321LR Lengthy Vary Transport Plane. (Photograph by Lufthansa Technik AG)

As a part of this preliminary modification part, Lufthansa Technik additionally made preparations for the so-called medical evacuation (MedEvac) position, which is able to increase the plane’s scope of operations to incorporate capabilities for the certified air transport of wounded, injured and diseased passengers. This encompassed, for instance, in depth pre-modifications equivalent to an prolonged oxygen provide on board, which is totally obligatory for the upcoming use as a “flying intensive care unit”. The cockpit and the newly put in cabin gear with seats, emergency gear and MedEvac preparations have been tailored to the necessities of the German armed forces.

The Airbus A321 is a member of the Airbus A320 household of quick to medium vary, narrow-body, business passenger twin engine jet airliners; it carries 185 to 236 passengers. It has a stretched fuselage which was the primary spinoff of the baseline A320 and entered service in 1994, about six years after the unique A320. The plane shares a typical kind score with all different Airbus A320-family variants, permitting earlier A320-family pilots to fly the plane with out the necessity for additional coaching. Airbus launched the A321LR (Lengthy Vary) on 13 January 2015; it has a variety of 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) with 206 seats in two lessons.