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Airbus to Deliver Second C295 to Mali in 2021

: Dec 10, 2020 - : 5:26 pm

The Republic of Mali has made a repeat order for Airbus C295 airlifter military transport aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered in 2021. The financial terms of the contract have not been revealed.

The second aircraft will supplement the first C295 already in operation since December 2016, Airbus said in a recent statement.  The first aircraft has already accumulated 1,770 flight hours and transported more than 38,000 passengers and 900 tonnes of cargo in less than four years of operations.

Also included in the order are spare parts for both aircraft, the one ordered in 2016 and the new one which would be delivered next year. The order also involves logistics support package and training for flight crews and mechanics.

“This repeat order demonstrates the excellent capabilities and performance of our aircraft. The C295 is becoming the 21st century standard tactical airlifter in Africa with 37 aircraft ordered in the region, from Algeria, Egypt and Ghana to Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mali,” said Bernhard Brenner, head of Marketing and Sales at Airbus Defence and Space.

According to Airbus, the purchase comes in the light of the “urgent need of the authorities of the Republic of Mali to have permanent air transport capacity within a very short timeframe, providing a vital link supporting operations and actions for the development of isolated areas in the northern regions of the country.”

The Airbus C295, a new-generation tactical airlifter in the light and medium segment, conducts multi-role operations worldwide under all weather conditions. It is fully certified and routinely operates day and night in combat missions in all weather extremes, from desert to maritime environments, from extremely hot to extremely cold temperatures.
With the new C295W version equipped with winglets, the aircraft is capable of transporting more payload over larger distances in the hot and high conditions, resulting in fuel consumption savings of around 4% and increased safety margins in mountainous regions.


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