Industry Airbus Corporate Jets wins order from Lufthansa Technik
Airbus has won the first A321LR order for two aircraft from the German Air Force.
The company´s subdivision Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has won the first A321LR order for two aircraft from Lufthansa Technik. With this agreement, Lufthansa Technik will become the launch customer for the long-range version of the A321neo.
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and Lufthansa Technik signed the contract. It is expected, that the first A321neoLR will be delivered in August 2021, with the second aircraft following two months later.
Benoit Defforge, ACJ President commented: “The ACJ320 Family features the widest cabin of any single-aisle aircraft in the sky, providing the greatest passenger comfort and intercontinental range. Lufthansa Technik and the German Government have a long-standing relationship with Airbus and we are proud of this new milestone order with us.”
With this order, Germany has now placed orders for five Airbus aircraft through Lufthansa Technik. Three ACJ350s have also been ordered, with the first one already being converted in Hamburg. Germany´s A321neoLR will be capable of accommodating up to 163 passengers, up to 6 care patients and up to 12 medium care patients.
The VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services business unit at Lufthansa Technik will prepare the two aircraft for various missions. Main focus will be on installing a cabin for troop transport and MedEvac missions, as well as mixed configurations of these variants.
"Lufthansa Technik's Original Equipment Innovation business unit will supply the Patient Transport Units (PTUs) required for the MedEvac role to the German Armed Forces. The contract concluded accordingly comprises 12 units (plus 2 reserve units). Up to six PTUs can be fitted in each of the two A321neoLRs," Lufthansa Technik stated regarding the PTUs.
Airbus´ ACJ320neo Family has a larger cabin compared to normal NEO aircraft. The A321neoLR can operate with similar operating costs, as lower maintenance and training overheads deliver a similar total cost when combined with landings, navigation and fuel.
The order by Lufthansa Technik highlights the market appeal and versatility of the A320neo Family, of which around 200 aircraft have been delivered as ACJs. The manufacturer has delivered corporate jets to customers worldwide. The aircraft is being used on every continent, including Antarctica.
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