The prototype A 17, D-1149 (c/n 32) made its first flight in 1927 powered by a 420 hp Gnome-Rhone Jupiter 9Ab nine-cylinder radial engine. It was delivered to the airline Norddeutsche Luftverkehr in 1928 and eventually passed to Lufthansa with the name Bremen. Eleven production aircraft were completed, these differing mainly in having increased rudder area. Several aircraft were fitted with a 480 hp Siemens Jupiter radial under the designation A 17a, and one machine, D-1444 Münster (c/n 50), was fitted with a 520 hp Junkers Jumo 5 heavy oil engine as the A 17c.
Of the eleven production A 17s completed, ten were delivered to Lufthansa who used them on their Berlin-Cologne and Cologne-Nuremburg services, they were all named after German cities:
Span: 65 ft 7.25 in (20.00 m)
Length: 48 ft 0 in (14.63 m)
Height: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Empty weight: 5,401 lb (2,450 kg)
Loaded weight: 8,818 lb (4,000 kg)
Max speed: 125 mph (201 kmh)
Service ceiling: 14,763 ft (4,500 m
Range: 497 mls (800 km)."