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Airbus Military to Manage Spanish Customs Aircraft

Airbus Military has been contracted by the Spanish Customs Service (Dirección General de la Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria, DAVA) to undertake the management, operation and support of the service’s fleet of six C212 surveillance aircraft. Following refurbishment, the first of these aircraft will begin operations early next month under the new arrangement.

In order to fulfill this task, Airbus Military is teaming with Spanish mission-critical aviation services company INAER to perform the contract, which will mark a key step in the planned development of the Airbus Military customer services business.

Under the terms of the deal, the six aircraft will be transferred from the military to the civil register. Airbus Military will be responsible for contract management including the upgrading of the aircraft as required, provision of continuing maintenance and spares services and fleet management. INAER will be responsible for providing a dedicated pilot force and operating the aircraft. Under the terms of the contract three aircraft will be constantly maintained at two-hour readiness.

The EUR 5.5 million contract runs for two years, with an option to be extended for another two years. The remaining five aircraft will be progressively transferred to the new operation over the coming months.

The first aircraft will be operated primarily from Alicante. Other operating bases at Santiago de Compostela and Seville will be added next year. The aircraft are used to patrol Spain’s lengthy coastline against smuggling as well as other types of “civic” missions.

Airbus Military Senior Vice President Customer Services Richard Thompson said: “This contract is an important step in our strategy of growing the Airbus Military customer services business. We are delighted to be teamed with a highly respected partner in INAER and we look forward to undertaking further contracts of this type.”


Airbus Military is the only military and civic transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and support a comprehensive family of airlifters ranging from three to 45 tonnes of payload. Within Airbus, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M programme, as well as the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A330 and for further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. Together with the smaller C295, CN235 and C212, Airbus Military is the global leader in the market segments for light and medium-sized military transport aircraft. Altogether Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft with over 650 flying with more than 100 operators worldwide.

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Airbus Military to Manage Spanish Customs Service Aircraft Fleet