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Friday, May 31, 2013

Airbus Launches New Military Transport Aircraft

Airbus Military is launching a new variant of its C295 medium transport and surveillance aircraft, the C295W. 
Flight trials of the C295W -- W for winglets -- have shown that the upgraded transport aircraft will have a reduction in fuel consumption of 4 percent. According to Airbus parent company EADS, the aircraft will operate at an altitude of 2,000 feet higher than its predecessor. 
The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW127 engines, which is no change from the original C295. 
The C295W will become the standard variant offered by Airbus Military beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014. EADS expects certification of the aircraft by the second quarter of next year.

Airbus does not have a launch customer for the new aircraft yet. 

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