Airbus has recently signed a five-year services contract with the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) to provide performance-based support for the air arm’s 24-strong fleet of C295M medium-lift tactical transports.
The European aircraft manufacturing giant revealed that the contract had been signed on April 15, stating that the deal includes the provision of on-site technical support, as well as on-wing maintenance and material services. Airbus adds that the EAF now joins a “community of C295 operators that benefit from the provision of integrated and performance-based services.”
Now that Egypt is a part of this already-established community, Airbus will ensure that all elements of support are in place when required to optimise the availability and readiness of the EAF’s C295M fleet. Egypt is the largest operator of the C295 platform in the world, with 24 C295Ms being employed by the EAF’s 8 Squadron from Cairo International Airport in the nation’s capital.
Stephan Miegel, head of Military Aircraft Services at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “This agreement is a significant step forward in the integrated service support that we offer our customers in the region. Our goal and commitment to our customers is to maximise their fleet availability, ensure their mission readiness, all while saving maintenance costs.”
Egypt’s first C295M entered service in November 2011, just over a year after Airbus announced the nation had purchased three examples of the type. Deliveries under this initial order were completed by the end of December 2011. On March 13, 2012, a further three aircraft were ordered for the EAF and were all handed over to the air arm in 2013.
In January 2013, Airbus revealed that Egypt had acquired a further six C295Ms, with deliveries concluding before the end of 2014 to complete a fleet of 12 aircraft. On July 16, 2014, eight more examples were ordered by Egypt to bring the total fleet to 20 aircraft. Deliveries began in the second quarter of 2015. By the summer of 2016, it was apparent that a fifth batch of four aircraft had been ordered by Egypt – all of which were delivered by the end of that year.