Delivery Scheduled for Next Year to Address Urgent Governmental Requirement
The Mali MoD has ordered an additional Airbus C295 in transport configuration, the company announced on 2 December. To be delivered in 2021, the aircraft will supplement the first C295, operational in December 2016, since when it has accumulated 1,770 flight hours, transported 38,000 passengers and 900t of cargo.
The order also includes an integrated logistics support package with spare parts for both aircraft and training for flight and maintenance crews. The acquisition addresses the urgent need the government of Mali has for almost immediate and permanent air transport capacity, providing a vital link supporting operations and actions for development of isolated areas in the northern regions of the country. Bernhard Brenner, Head of Marketing and Sales at Airbus Defence & Space, commented “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 the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mali.”