Lufthansa Technik Orders Two Airbus A321LRs for Operation by the German Air Force
Airbus announced on Friday that Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has won the first order for two A321LRs which will be operated by the German Luftwaffe. The multi-role aircraft will be used for different missions such as troop transport and MedEvac.
Today (August 14, 2020), Airbus announced that Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has won their first order for two A321LRS. The order was placed by Lufthansa Technik and the aircraft will be operated by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe), serving various roles such as troop transport and medical evacuations (MedEvac). Lufthansa Technik has now placed a total of five aircraft orders on behalf of the German Government including three ACJ350-900s and now two A321LRs. Depending on installed configuration, the Luftwaffe’s A321LRs will be capable of flying up to 163 passengers, six intensive care patients and 12 medium care patients, to a maximum range of 4,200 nautical miles (7,800 km) or 9.5 flight hours. In Friday’s announcement, ACJ’s President, Benoit Defforge said,
“We are thrilled Lufthansa Technik has become the Launch customer for the ACJ long-range version of the world’s best-selling A321neo. 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.”
The Airbus A321LR is a member of the best selling A320 Family of aircraft with over 7,400 orders by more than 110 customers worldwide. The aircraft delivers a fuel burn reduction of 30 percent as well as a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint, when compared to previous generation competitor aircraft. The single-aisle aircraft can transport 206 passengers up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km), making it an unrivaled long-range route opener with transatlantic capability and wide-body comfort.
Approximately 12,000 Airbus aircraft are in service worldwide supported by a global network of spares and training centers, which gives ACJ operators lower maintenance and training costs and unmatched field support. Airbus Corporate Jets offer standard features that are either options or unavailable on competitor aircraft such as fly-by-wire controls, Category 3B autoland and centralized maintenance on all systems. Currently, around 200 ACJs are in service on every continent, including Antarctica, highlighting the aircraft’s versatility in even the most challenging environments.