Philippine Air Force (PAF) 220th Airlift Wing (220thAW) has celebrated the arrival of its two new NC212i aircraft (2119 and 2120) to their home base at Brigadier General Benito N Ebuen Air Base (BGBNEAB), Mactan.
“The arrival of said aircraft brought gladness and gratefulness to the men and women of the Airlifters’ family as they finally witnessed a tangible result of dreams turning into reality,” 220thAW said.
220thAW said the said Indonesian-made aircraft were initially received by PAF at Antonio Bautista Air Base, Palawan last June 11, 2018, and at Clark Air Base last June 14, 2018, respectively.
“After completing all necessary requirements, the air assets were safely turned-over at BGBNEAB, Mactan on August 21, 2018,” it added.
220thAW commander Brigadier General Stephen P Parreño said that the aircraft wre big boost to the capability of the Airlifters’ family in accomplishing given any mission by higher Headquarters.
He also urged all personnel to hit the ground running and make sure to implement the new platform in the three (3) year plan capability and ensure that said air assets are maintained and sustained for the demands of air operations.
“The acquisition of the NC212i is part of the PAF’s Modernization Program aimed at enhancing the PAF’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) and security efforts being a new model aircraft that can carry 28 passengers equipped with digital avionics and next-generation navigation and communication systems, as well as cheaper operational cost. Further, the said aircraft is capable of taking off and landing on an unpaved runway,” 220thAW said.