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UK Voyager deliveries hit half-way point

AirTanker’s Voyager programme has hit the mid-point in its delivery of 14 modified Airbus A330s, with its latest example having arrived in the UK on 29 January.

Registered as ZZ337, the new aircraft landed at the Royal Air Force’s Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire after a delivery flight from Airbus Defence & Space’s modification facility in Getafe, near Madrid, Spain. It follows five previous examples adapted for the in-flight refuelling mission and flown by the service’s 10 and 101 squadrons, plus another which is currently held on the UK civil register and flown by AirTanker pilots.

A further two Voyager aircraft are on schedule to be delivered by May 2014, when the fleet is due to achieve full release to service status with the RAF. Five more examples, which are to provide a so-called surge capability, will follow between 2015 and late 2016.

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