Berlin: The German government has purchased three new Airbus 350 long-haul planes for official trips after a series of embarrassing technical failures with its current fleet, including one which grounded Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“The brand new planes will boost the flight readiness of the defence ministry's long-haul capacities,” defence ministry said.
Once are delivered, the A340-300s currently in service would be phased out, it added.
Among the embarrassing technical failures that hit the government service fleet in the last months was one in November affecting Merkel.
The chancellor missed the beginning of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires as the plane carrying her from Berlin encountered electrical problems and was forced to land in Cologne.
The “Konrad Adenauer” Airbus was given a complete overhaul following the incident but on its first outing since on April 1, it blew a tyre on landing in New York with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on board....