AIRBUS DEFENCE and Space has delivered the last of 14 A330-200 Voyagers to the Royal Air Force. The final aircraft, Voyager KC2 (ZZ343)/EC-331 (c/n 1610), callsign ‘AED329’, landed at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, at 1606hrs yesterday, July 13, after a ferry flight from Getafe, Spain.
This completes the fleet of nine core and five surge fleet aircraft in the Voyager Force, which are flown by 10 and 101 Squadrons at Brize Norton, in collaboration with AirTanker.
Group Captain Simon Edwards, Station Commander RAF Brize Norton, said, “It is wonderful to see the last Voyager aircraft arrive at RAF Brize Norton. Voyager has been delivering operationally for well over two years now, and is already admired as a troop carrier and air-to-air refuelling tanker. With Voyager’s important contribution to the security of the UK skies and to operations worldwide, everyone involved should be proud of what has already been accomplished as we look to an exciting future.”
Phill Blundell, CEO AirTanker Ltd said, “The company has come a long way since the delivery of our first aircraft and the Voyager Force has grown and developed significantly to meet the requirements of the MOD. Thanks to our fantastic workforce, we now have 14 magnificent aircraft in the fleet to continue to meet the demands of our military and civilian customers.” AFM