Lufthansa Technik (LHT) announced that it has completed cabin installations of Lufthansa first Airbus A350-900 in its Munich facility. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has also been issued by EASA and the aircraft is technically cleared to enter scheduled service.

Sven Pawliska, who heads up the long-haul aircraft maintenance at Lufthansa Technik in Munich, said: "A total of 20 employees from our team worked with colleagues from Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt on the aircraft over the past three weeks. The installation of the Premium Economy Class and new self-service racks in the Business Class were among the upgrades that are most visible to passengers."

The MRO company explained that the layover was also used to train additional employees on the aircraft type. The team has invested just under 10,000 course days in total in this training.

The maintenance concept was developed in close cooperation between the aircraft maintenance unit in Munich and Lufthansa Technik Engineering in Frankfurt. Engineers will relocate their offices from Frankfurt to Munich when A350 operations begin, and employees from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Panasonic will be on hand to provide support during the first few weeks.

Airbus announced that Lufthansa has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 25 A350-900s that Lufthansa has on order. Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, Lufthansa’s A350 XWB will feature a three-class cabin layout with 48 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 224 seats in Economy.

The airline will deploy its first A350s on long-haul routes from Munich to Delhi and Munich to Boston. Previously it said that the scheduled service between Munich and Delhi will start on 10th of February 2017.