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A330MRTT
 
Latest update: October 2017

Company: Airbus Defense and Space.
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia 6       5 1       1     6
France 9 3       9             0
India     6     0             0
Netherlands 7 4       7             0
Qatar     2     0             0
Saudi Arabia 6       6 0             6
Singapore 6         6             0
South Korea 4         4             0
UAE 3       3 0             3
UK 14       14 0           1 13
Total 55 7 8   28 27       1   1 28
 
Comments:

Australia:

The original order consisted of five A330MRTTs designated KC-30A within the Royal Australian Air Force. Two more aircraft were ordered of which one will be configured as VIP aircraft used to transport the Australian prime minister. These last two were acquired from civil airliner Qantas and flown to the Airbus D&S production plant at Getafe in Spain where they will be converted to KC-30A standard. The sixth KC-30A was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley on September 1, 2017. The seventh aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and will feature the VIP interior.

France:

France committed to order 12 A330MRTTS. These are ordered in batches, see table. Two contracts for nine aircraft have been signed. The last batch comprising the final three aircraft has formally to be ordered and are therefore listed as option in the report above.


Batch 1 Batch 2 Order. Batch 3 Total
         
1 8 9 3 12
         

The Netherlands:

Note: Airbus Defense and Space has the order for seven aircraft broken down into two for Netherlands and five for Germany.

On September 25, 2017 a contract was signed for five A330MRTTs. The order follows the MoU signed on June 29 with Germany and Norway joining the European / NATO Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) program. Additionally the contract includes four option which could bring the total order to 11 aircraft (originally eight) to enable other countries to join the MMF program.

On Thursday June 29, 2017 the Dutch MoD announced that both Germany and Norway will sign the MoU at the minister of defense meeting at NATO in Brussels. With the joining of both countries another five aircraft will be ordered. Of the seven aircraft four will be based at Eindhoven and three in Germany.
At Eindhoven 334 squadron currently operates two KDC-10 aircraft, at Cologne the BMVg operates four A310MRTTs as well as one A310 in the transport role. The BMVg currently operates from Cologne but by the time the A330MRTTs are delivered will most likely have transferred its operations to Berlin.

The contract to purchase two aircraft was signed on Thursday July 28th, 2016 with. Both A330MRTT will join a pool after delivery which will be owned by NATO. The contract is a result of a European Defence Agency (EDA) program lead by The Netherlands. Luxembourg and Netherlands are the first countries to purchase these aircraft having signed a Memorandum of Understanding to operate the MRTTs.

Other European nations can join the program which will then result in another purchase of up to six A330MRTTs. Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland expressed their interest to join at a later stage.

United Kingdom:

One of the Royal Air Force Voyagers received modifications to fulfil the VIP transport role. The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 published on November 23rd, 2015 announced the conversion of a Voyager. The aircraft will transport the British prime minister and members of the government.

Potential orders:

Both India and Qatar expressed an interest in the A330MRTT for six and two aircraft respectively.
 
A330MRTT reports - per aircraft type
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia KC-30A 6       5 1       1     6
France A330MRTT 9 3       9             0
India A330MRTT     6     0             0
Netherlands A330MRTT 7 4       7             0
Qatar A330MRTT     2     0             0
Saudi Arabia A330MRTT 6       6 0             6
Singapore A330MRTT 6         6             0
South Korea A330MRTT 4         4             0
UAE A330MRTT 3       3 0             3
UK A330MRTT 1       1 0             1
  Voyager KC2 7       7 0           1 6
  Voyager KC3 6       6 0             6
Total   55 7 8   28 27       1   1 28
 
Comment(s):

The A330MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) is based on the Airbus Defence and Space commercial A330 airliner and offered as a two or three point tanker:

Type Country Refuelling installations
     
A330MRTT   Three-point tanker (boom and droque/hose).
KC-30A Australia Three-point tanker (boom and droque/hose).
Voyager KC2 United Kingdom Two-point tanker (droque/hose).
Voyager KC3 United Kingdom Three-point tanker (droque/hose).
     
 
Photo gallery
 
 
Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A arriving at Eindhoven air base in 2014. Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 pushed back at Schiphol. Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 departing Schiphol International Airport in 2015.
     
     
  Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 departing Schiphol International Airport in 2015.  
     
 
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