Tenth delivery for Voyager programme

The tenth aircraft delivered under the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme arrived at the aircraft’s RAF Brize Norton base today [14 August 2014].

Arriving from Madrid, the aircraft will undergo a comprehensive conversion process from military configuration to civilian fit, with the work being carried out for the first time at the Voyager Hub by AirTanker engineers.

The aircraft, (destined to become G-VYGJ and therefore wearing AirTanker’s civilian colour scheme) will not join the operational fleet until this work is completed, after which it will replace AirTanker’s current civilian registered A330, G-VYGG.

The Voyager fleet has amassed almost 14,000 flight hours since its entry into service in December 2012 and The fleet has carried over a quarter of a million passengers on air transport flights, including those in support of Operation Herrick to Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands air bridge.

The unique multi-role capabilityof Voyager means that it has also offloaded over 5,000 tonnes of fuel to almost 2,000 receiver aircraft as well as transporting over 21 million kilograms of freight since the start of the service.

Voyager received clearance to refuel the C-130 Hercules earlier this year, bringing the number of cleared aircraft types to three, after the green light to refuel Tornado and Typhoon aircraft was given last year. An RAF Voyager has also successfully supported the Airbus A400M ‘Atlas’ test programme in Spain.

The FSTA contract will see the delivery of 14 aircraft to the RAF, including the nine-strong core fleet and a five aircraft ‘surge capability’.

14 August 2014