Airbus A321 Order Luftwaffe
Airbus A321 Order Luftwaffe

Airbus Corporate Jets Wins First A321LR Order

Airbus Corporate Jets has won the first A321neo long-range order for two aircraft from Lufthansa Technik, which will be used by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). The jets will have the capacity to perform a broad range of missions, including MEDEVAC and troop transport.

“We are thrilled Lufthansa Technik has become the launch customer for the ACJ long-range version of the world’s best-selling A321neo… it [provides] the greatest passenger comfort and intercontinental range,”

Benoit Defforge, President, Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ)

Luftwaffe A321LR Specifications

Passenger Capacity (Seated)163
Medical Patient Capacity6 (intensive care), 12 (medium care)
Range7800 km (4200 nm)
EnduranceUp to 9.5 hours

The ACJ A321LR features the widest cabin of any single-aisle aircraft in the world, which undoubtedly makes the aircraft suitable for difficult missions in a variety of configurations.

Luftwaffe A321 VIP
An ex-Lufthansa Airbus A321 began operating for the Luftwaffe in 2018. Picture: Lufthansa

In its standard airline configuration, the A321LR has a slightly smaller range of 7,400km (8000nm) and a passenger capacity of 206. This makes it an ideal aircraft for transatlantic operations, but with greater fuel efficiency than traditional wide-body aircraft.

No exact price has been specified, but a basic Airbus A321 costs $114.9 million. As a frequent customer, it is likely that Lufthansa Technik will pay somewhat less for the aircraft.

Boeing Business Jets received an order cancellation for a single modified 737 MAX aircraft in July, but the customer remains unknown.

In addition to the A321LR jets, Lufthansa Technik has ordered three ACJ350-900 aircraft on behalf of the Luftwaffe. These heavily-modified Airbus A350 aircraft boast incredible fuel efficiency and serve as a platform for diverse applications.

Luftwaffe ACJ350 XWB
Luftwaffe ACJ350-900. Picture: Dirk Grothe on Facebook

Approximately 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service on every continent, including Antarctica.