A SINGLE C295 medium transport aircraft has been ordered by the Ministry of Defence of the Ivory Coast. Airbus Defence and Space announced the contract on Monday, January 21. The company said the aircraft, in standard transport configuration, will enhance the capabilities of the Force Aérienne de la Côte d’Ivoire (FACI – Ivory Coast Air Force). Although no delivery schedule was announced, a C295W in FACI colours, TU-VMC (c/n 175), was seen at the factory in Seville-San Pablo Airport, Spain, last October and November and is presumably the aircraft involved. It will supplement two former Bulgarian Air Force Antonov An-26Bs acquired second-hand and delivered in July last year.
Bernhard Brenner, Airbus Defence and Space Head of Marketing & Sales, said: â€œThe C295 has proven its outstanding capabilities in the exceptionally harsh sub-Saharan Africa operating environment. The aircraft will be a game changer for Ivory Coast and we feel very proud to welcome a new operator into our C295 family.â€
On April 10 last year, Indonesia’s PTDI announced that it had signed a framework agreement to supply one CN235-220 to the Ivory Coast. The new deal for the C295, however, suggests that this order was probably not finalized and the larger aircraft ordered instead. The Ivory Coast becomes the 28th nation worldwide to order the C295. To date the manufacturer has sold 91 aircraft to 17 countries in Africa. There is a growing fleet of C295s in the North and West Africa region with up to 35 C295s contracted by Egypt, Algeria, Ghana and Mali.