Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Royal Air Force's newest aircraft fleet reaches full-service capability


The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.



The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.

Operated in the Command Support Air Transport role, the aircraft provide assured, secure, timely and discreet air transport of high-priority military personnel and small items of mission critical freight to, from and within operational areas. The declaration of full-service capability comes only two months after delivery of the first aircraft.

Air Commodore Martin Assistant Chief of Staff, Air Mobility RAF said: "Establishing the new Command Support Air Transport service with Envoy IV is the culmination of months of hard work on the part of the RAF, Defence Equipment & Support and our industry partners, Centreline AV Ltd. The aircraft will be working similarly hard to deliver UK influence and diplomacy around the world in the coming months and years."
The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.

The Envoy IV aircraft are flown by mixed crews of RAF and civilian pilots with the Command Support Air Transport service provided by Centreline AV Ltd from RAF Northolt. The Envoy replaces the BAe146 which was retired from service in April this year, and provide a step change in range, efficiency, and operating costs. From April 2024, the aircraft will be modified with military upgrades and operated solely by RAF crews from 32 (The Royal) Squadron.

The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.
James Evans, Air Transport Defence Equipment & Support said:  "Delivery of both Envoy IV aircraft follows hard on the heels of a rapid and agile procurement process to ensure a seamless provision of Command Support Air Transport for UK Defence. It demonstrates one of the very best examples of smart procurement that we have seen in recent years. I look forward to working with our RAF and Industry partners to develop Envoy IV further in future."


The Envoy IV aircraft conducted its first operational flight on 7th June 2022. Full-Service capability for Command Support Air Transport is provided by two Envoy IV aircraft operating from RAF Northolt.

The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.


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