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GOVERMENT JET AIRPLANE TRANSPORT OPERATOR. DIVISION OF MINISTRY OF DEFENSE. A K A ARMEE DE L'AIR - CFAP VIP TRANSPORT. BESIDES MILITARY MISSIONS, ALSO CONDUCTS NON-COMMERCIAL SEMI-CIVILIAN SCHEDULED PASSENGER/CARGO JET AIRPLANE FLIGHTS TO OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS (DC-8, A310) & VIP JET AIRPLANE FLIGHTS (A319ACJ, FALCON 50/900) FOR THE GOVERNMENT. MOST JET AIRPLANES OPERATE IN "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAIS" COLORS AND TITLES.
CFAP - COMMANDEMENT DE LA FORCE AERIENNE DE PROJECTION
BASE AERIENNE DE VILLACOUBLAY
F-78129 VILLACOUBLAY, FRANCE
FRANCE (FRENCH REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 843, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 551,700 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 59 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS PARIS, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FRENCH.
NOVEMBER 1999: 2 DC-8-72CF'S & 2 A310-300'S MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO
AIR FRANCE INDUSTRIES (AFA).
AUGUST 2000: 1 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (607, F-OHJQ) SOLD TO AIR MOOREA.
OCTOBER 2000: 1 A310-304 (418), EX-SUDAN AIRWAYS (SUD).
NOVEMBER 2000: 2 ORDERS (DECEMBER 2000) A319ACJ (CFM56), MODIFICATIONS BY (AFA) INDUSTRIES, 50 PAX. WILL REPLACE 5 AGING FALCON 20 JETS AND TURBOPROP NORD 262'S OPERATING ON OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT FLIGHTS.
JANUARY 2001: 1 A310-300 (418, F-RADC), EX-TURKISH AIRLINES (THY).
September 2004: Main Base: Villacoublay airport.
Hub: Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG).
July 2005: 3 DC-8-72CF's (46013; 46043; 46130) sold to ATI - Air Transport International (TIN).
November 2005: 2 orders (June 2006) A340-211's (075; 081), ex-Austrian Airlines (AUL), Ingepar leased, (TAP) Portugal maintenance.
May 2011: French President, Nicolas Sarkozy has been using second-hand A330-233 (240, F-RARF) as his executive transport since the end of last year - - - - SEE ATTACHED - - "FAF-A330-233-PRESIDENTIAL APL."
January 2013: 1st A400M Airlifter (7, 2013-04) shown at Airbus (EDS) Military at Final Assembly plant at Seville, Spain (SEE ATTACHED - - "FAF-A400M - 2013-01").
November 2014: Airbus Defence & Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling airplanes for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.
The contract agreed between the French procurement agency, la Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), and Airbus Defence & Space is now ready for the official award. The contract covers the development and qualification of the specific French configuration as well as the associated support and training systems, such as spares, ground support equipment (GSE), training devices and five years of in-service support from first delivery.
France’s choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the sixth nation to order the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United Kingdom (UK), which have ordered a total of 34 A330 MRTTs. In addition, India and Qatar have selected the (MRTT) and are in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six and two airplanes respectively. A total of 22 A330 MRTTs are currently in service and the airplanes have been battle-proven in recent coalition actions.
The A330 MRTT has won every major tanker airplane procurement competition outside the USA since it has entered the market.
Airbus Defence & Space Executive VP Military Aircraft, Domingo Ureña Raso said: “The French Air Force has enormous experience in the field of air-to-air refuelling. It knows the factors which are critical to success and its selection of the A330 MRTT is a real honor.
In French service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines, be equipped with a combination of the Airbus Refuelling Boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, and can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 271 passengers as well as medevac arrangements, including the French (MORPHEE) intensive care module carrying up to ten patients as well as 88 passengers.
October 2016: News Item A-1: 8 A330-200s to be converted by Airbus Defence & Space into A330 (MRTT) multi-role aerial tanker/transport aircraft for the French Air Force (FAF).
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FAF-A330 MRTT - 2014-11
FAF-A400M - 2013-01
0 DC-8-53 (134-45570, /61 58 18), EX-(UTA). RETIRED.
0 DC-8-55JT (238-45819, /65 63 24), EX-(UTA). RETIRED.
0 DC-8-72CF (CFM56-2) (427-46013, /69 F-RAFG; 443-46043, /69; 542-46130, /70 F-RAFF), EX-(FIN), MAINT BY (AFA). 46043 RETIRED. 46013; PARTED OUT. 46043; 46130; ST (TIN) 7/05. 178Y COMBI/FREIGHTER.
2 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (421, /87 F-RADA; 422, /87 F-RADB), 11/93. MAINT BY (AFA). 185Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (418, /86 F-RADC), EX-(SUD)/(THY) 2001-01. MAINT BY (AFA). 185Y.
2 A319-115ACJ (CFM56-5B8/P) (1485, /01 F-RBFA; 1556, /01 F-RBFB), MODS BY (AFA) (2000-12) EXEC JET, 50F. VIP.
1 A330-223 (240, F-RARF - - SEE ATTACHED - - "FAF-A330-233-PRESIDENTIAL APL"), 2010-12. PRESIDENTIAL APL. VIP.
8 A330-200 TO BE CONVERTED BY AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE INTO A330 MRTT MULTI-ROLE AERIAL TANKER/TRANSPORTS (ANNOUNCED 2016-10).
2 A340-211 (CFM56-5C2G) (075, /95 OE-LAG "EUROPE;" 081, /95 OE-LAH "ASIA"), EX-(AUL), INGEPAR LSD. (TAP) MAINT. 30C, 227Y.
1 +?ORDERS A400M (7, 2013-04 - - SEE ATTACHED - - "FAF-A400M - 2013-01") AIRLIFTER.
0 DHC-6-300 (PT6A-27) (603, F-OHJQ) TWIN OTTER, SOLD TO AIR MOOREA 2000-08.
4 DASSAULT FALCON 50 (TFE731-3-1C) (5, /79 F-RAFI; 78, /81 F-RAFJ; 27, /81 F-RAFK; 34, /80, F-RAFL), VIP.
2 DASSAULT FALCON 900 (TFE731-5A-1C2) (2, /85 F-RAFP; 4, /86 F-RAFQ), VIP.