Boeing receives new US Navy C-40A Clipper order
The US Navy will receive two additional C-40A Clipper transport aircraft from Boeing following the issue of a $145 million order to the company, announced on 27 December. The new aircraft will bring the fleet to a total of fourteen C-40A aircraft, enhancing the navy’s capacity to move military personnel and cargo around the world.
The C-40A is a modified next-generation 737-700 aircraft certified to operate in an all-passenger configuration, an all-cargo variant, or as a ‘combi’ that accommodates both cargo and passengers on the main deck.
The aircraft are being acquired under the US Navy’s Unique Fleet Essential Airlift Replacement Aircraft programme, which is replacing the US Navy Reserve's aging fleet of DC-9-based C-9B Skytrains.
Andy Reheis, Boeing Global Transport and Executive Systems program manager, said: ‘The C-40A offers superior performance and range, 21st century avionics and quiet, fuel-efficient engines, and is increasing the navy's capability for rapid response. Boeing looks forward to continuing our support of the navy and meeting the service’s airlift needs.’
The Boeing 737 aircraft in the C-40A programme are manufactured by in Renton, Washington and modified and certified in San Antonio. Boeing delivered the first C-40A to the US Navy Reserve in 2001, and the company provides contractor logistics support for the C-40A fleet with industry partners Delta Technical Operations and J.K. Hill and Associates.
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