The C295 is ideal for a full range of humanitarian missions with its capability to operate from unprepared, rough and short airstrips, as well as flying routinely without refuelling throughout the day thanks to its high fuel capacity combined with its consumption performance. The airlifter’s efficiency – using 50% less fuel compared to older aircraft with similar capabilities – makes it more environmentally friendly and increases its usability in dire situations, as a shortage of fuel is common in emergency settings.
Its wide fuselage and large rear ramp simplify loading and unloading, saving time when moments count. In addition to that, the versatility of the cabin configuration, being able to carry passengers –up to 43- and cargo (combi configuration), evacuate patients or casualties in stretchers up to 21 of them, or even airdrop the cargo; adds an additional advantage to the contracting agency to maximize utilization of the aircraft.
Humanitarian uses of the C295 in Mozambique did not end with disaster relief: following the outbreak of cholera, the aircraft also is transporting lifesaving anti-cholera kits from Maputo, the country’s capital, to Beira. Additionally, the C295 transported food and water, along with sanitation and hygiene goods.