Czech Air Force Will Receive Airbus Transport Aircraft
Representatives of the French company AIRBUS S.A.S. and the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic signed an agreement on 9 March 2006 in Prague on procurement of two middle-size Airbus A 319 CJ transport aircraft.
The two aircraft will replace Soviet Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft, whose operation follows regulations and directives that are not in a compliance with introduced NATO standards. The first aircraft will be delivered in December 2006, the second one in September 2007.
The agreement includes also stipulations on cooperation in industrial programmes.
The procurement of two transport aircraft was endorsed by the Czech government's decision in 2005 on renewal of the transport fleet of the Czech Air Force. The invitation to tender on the procurement of new aircraft was worded to match anticipated cooperation with national airline carrier Czech Airlines (ČSA, a.s.) in the field of logistic support and training. There were two companies invited to the tender: AIRBUS S.A.S. and BOEING Business Jet.
Posted: March 9, 2006