A breakdown of how on the way to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires not to repeat itself: The German army wants to stretch the fleet of the German airline’s willingness to make at least one long-Airbus enlarge. For the aircraft purchase, defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen demanded a minimum of 200 million Euro from the Federal budget.

“That the Chancellor came too late to the G20, was bitter. So will not be repeated, now we have the crews and examine the procurement of one or two other aircraft for the long haul,” said the CDU politician of the “Bild am Sonntag”.

According to the plans of the defense Ministry, were presented on Wednesday in the Cabinet, holds the German armed forces, the procurement of at least one-third long-haul aircraft. Question for the Airbus models A330 or A350 would be. Currently, the flight has two aircraft of type Airbus A340. Depending on the equipment and whether they are new or used, the cost of flying back and forth between 200 and 300 million euros, writes the “BamS”.


your request for additional funds from the Federal budget established by the Leyen in order that the Transport of members of the government should not go to the expense of the air force, “the needs of your Budget for helicopters and planes in the missions”.

Due to a complete failure of the radio system on Board the government plane “Konrad Adenauer” had Angela Merkel missed the start of the G20 summit in November. (Read here, how it came to be Defective.) The Chancellor finally had to by scheduled flight to Buenos Aires travel.

It was not the first incident of this type, the “white fleet” of the flight readiness causes for failures. The breakdown of the government fleet belong to but not only aircraft, also the Chancellor of the helicopter remained due to technical problems on the ground .


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