I’ve written before about the embarrassing mechanical problems Germany has had with its government jets. In an attempt to remedy the problem once and for all, the first of three new Airbus A350-900s will soon be delivered.
First Airbus A350 Will Soon Be Delivered To German Government
Yesterday, an A350-941ACJ took its fourth flight, a duration of about 90 minutes from Toulouse to Toulouse, the primary assembly plant for Airbus. The aircraft, known as a Regierungsflieger or government aviator, will transport the Chancellor and other top German government officials around the world. It will have the capacity to travel 22 hours without refueling, making any destination around the world reachable without a fuel stop.
After problematic A310s and A340s, the new A350 should provide a stable mode of transport in an increasingly complicated world.
The popular German YouTube channel Videospotter.de brings us video from the maiden voyage of the jet from Toulouse on February 21st:
The paint job is sleek, bearing the a cheatline with the colors of the German flag and the words Bundesrepublik Deutschland or Federal Republic fo Germany.
It’s not clear what Germany chose for the interior of the aircraft, but Airbus advertises a so-called “Easyfit” configuration that looks quite swanky.
The new A350 was not a luxury, but a necessity for Germany. Hopefully Chancellor Angela Merkel won’t experience any further mechanical delays to G20 meetings and be forced to take Iberia to get there late…