As some of you may know already, the Deutsche Luftwaffe, Germany’s Airforce, is responsible to transport the chancellor and other ministers. The Flugbereitschaft (responsible for transporting politicians) is currently operating two A340-300, two A319, one A321, and four Bombardier Global 5000. Especially the A340‘s have had major issues preventing the Flugbereitschaft from transporting Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel to Buenos Aires in late November last year for example. Other failures occurred shortly after, leading the Federal Ministry of Defense to look for alternatives. As of today, it’s planned to buy at least three A350s at Airbus. The first A350 will enter service this year. They’ll be delivered in a standard commercial layout which will be changed to a VIP layout later on.
All Airbus aircraft in service at the moment are refitted Lufthansa aircrafts which leads to an age of almost 20 years for both A340s.
An A340-300 of the Flugbereitschaft