Farnborough: Egypt becomes world's largest C295 operator with new order
Egypt has become the largest customer for the tactical airlifter, the Airbus C295. It has ordered eight more of the type, taking its total fleet to 20.
The new batch of aircraft will be delivered to the Egyptian Air Force by Airbus Defence and Space beginning next year and will follow the 12 aircraft previously ordered, of which six are already in service.
The contract also includes a service support package for spares, training, and maintenance of the fleet.
The Egyptian Air Force said it selected the C295 because of its proven versatility, robustness and efficiency for daily transport missions combined with the ease of maintenance and low cost of operations particularly in the “hot and high” and dusty conditions found in the region.
In Egyptian service the C295 will be used for military and humanitarian missions such as the transport of civilian and military personnel as well as support to populations in remote areas or in emergency situations.
"We greatly appreciate the Egyptian Air Force´s confidence in our products based on their successful experience with the C295 in-service to date”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, head of commercial for Military Aircraft.