With the arrival of the first Airbus (CASA) CN235-300 at 50 Transport Squadron (l’escadron de transport (ET) 50) at La Réunion on 4 June 2015, the end of the C.160 Transall as France’s key air asset in the southern Indian Ocean has started.
Coming in from BA110 Creil the first Armée de l’Air (AdlA) to serve at the island about 500 miles (800 km) east of Madagaskar made stop overs in Algeria, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania before arriving on its new home base. A second CN235-300 will follow by mid-July.
The first of the two C.160 that currently form the Transall detachment that has been active at La Réunion since 1973 will leave after the second CN235 arrives. The second C.160 is planned to fly back to France in early August, according to a statement by the French Ministry of Defence.
The AdlA CN235s to operate from La Réunion are part of a batch of eight received in 2013.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by the Ministry of Defence of France
Featured image: The first French CN235-300 to serve in the southern Indian Ocean arrives at La Réunion on 4 June 2015 (Image © Armée de l’Air)