First of three aircraft delivered in Sevill.
First Airbus C295 delivery to Ecuador
Ecuador has ordered three Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space for immediate delivery.
The contract also includes a Full In Service Support (FISS) package for the operation and maintenance of the fleet.
The first aircraft was delivered on 6 June at the Airbus Defence and Space plant in Seville and the remaining two will be handed over later this year.
They 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.
The C295s for the Ecuadorean Air Force join two Airbus C212s and two Airbus CN235s of the Ecuadorean Army, and two CN235s of the Ecuadorean Navy in this Andean country with its difficult and challenging flying conditions.,
“We are very proud that Ecuador, after a successful experience with our aircraft has placed this repeat order which demonstrates that the complete range of Airbus products can cover the needs of all the military arms of a country”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft.
More than 140 C295s have now been ordered by 19 countries.
The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for defence and civic missions to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, homeland security, and environmental surveillance. Thanks to its robustness and reliability, simple systems, and optimal cabin, this medium sized tactical airlifter provides wide versatility and flexibility, necessary for personnel, troop and bulky/palletized cargo transportation, casualty evacuation, communication and logistic duties, and air-dropping. Its flexible design, long endurance and modern systems have made it an outstanding platform for a wide range of ISR roles including anti-submarine and ship warfare, airborne early warning, and maritime surveillance. The C295 is part of Airbus Military’s family of light and medium airlifters which also includes the smaller NC212i and CN235 platforms. In the fourth quarter of 2014 Airbus Military will introduce the C295W, featuring as standard winglets and higher engine power ratings, giving increased performance in all flight phases and lower fuel burn.