Find out how we modify evacuation aircraft

Humanitarian Mission Aircraft

A very special mission aircraft

Intensive Treatment during Flight

The flying isolation ward

In the middle and rear section of the airplane, passenger seats, galleys and luggage bins were removed to make room for a patient transport isolation unit surrounded by an airtight tent with negative pressure. Inside the tent, medical personnel could provide patients with intensive care and treatment during the flight while remaining fully protected. Two exterior tents, also airtight, served as buffers so that the treatment tent could be entered and exited safely. Disinfection procedures ensured absolute hygiene, and waste management was also taken into account. At the front of the cabin, there were seats for up to 19 passengers such as doctors, scientific staff from the Robert Koch Institute, isolation tent technicians and one of our engineers.

Challenges of the conversion

One particular problem was to ensure that the aircraft would not be contaminated in the event of a sudden pressure loss. For this purpose, flaps were integrated into the structure of the rear tent, which would open and safely collect the air, which would increase involume threefold in such a case in a 100 cubic meter air bag. Many more specific requirements had to be met, such as electrical connections for the intensive care systems, separate ventilation systems for the air inside and outside the tent, the disinfection system and last but not least, a special system for communication between the aircraft crew and the medical staff in the isolation unit.

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Wieland Timm, Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft

Wieland Timm

Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft

Lufthansa Technik AG

Hamburg, Germany