Jun 11, 2014

Ecuador Increases C295 Fleet by 3 Aircraft

Ecuador has added three C295 transports to its fleet of Airbus Defence and Space military aircraft. The European aerospace company announced June 9 that it had already delivered the first aircraft from its factory.
The order has been on Airbus’ books for sometime but the company has only just been cleared to reveal the deal following the handover of the first aircraft June 6.
Delivery of a second machine to the Ecuadorian Air Force is expected soon with the final aircraft following by the end of the year.
The deal includes a full service support program.
The Army and naval forces of the Latin American nation already operate two Airbus C212s and four CN235s.
Aside from the Ecuador order Airbus has also secured orders this year for a further 17 C295s from undisclosed customers.
These included eight from North Africa, two Middle East customers and a first intelligence and surveillance variant delivery in Latin America.
The executive said he expected to add to the order tally “very soon” with an announcement of a Middle East special operations customer.
Airbus is also developing a gun-ship version of the C259 for an unnamed Middle East customer.
The company already has Jordan as a customer for a gun-ship version of the smaller CN235 aircraft.

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