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Re: Netherlands-led NATO future Airbus A330 tanker fleet

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https://www.upinthesky.nl/2020/02/01/ee ... eindhoven/
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https://translate.google.com/translate? ... ndhoven%2F
The first Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft will arrive at Eindhoven Air Base in early May 2020.

This was confirmed by the press officer of the Multinational Multirole Tanker Transport Unit (MMU)
at Up in the Sky.

The first aircraft is expected in Eindhoven at the beginning of May 2020,
a second aircraft will arrive in June. :!: :shock:

A ceremony will then take place at the end of June due to the official opening.
In October 2020 the first Airbus tanker will come to Cologne.
https://www.upinthesky.nl/2020/02/01/ee ... eindhoven/
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https://translate.google.com/translate? ... ndhoven%2F
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...first pictures of a Dutch KLu-roundel on an Airbus A330 tanker:
https://twitter.com/Frenchpainter/statu ... 1628390400
#Airbus #A330 #MRTT Royal #Netherlands #AirForce
emerge from paint shop and left #Toulouse for #Madrid.
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Actually, it isn’t... this is the SECOND Dutch MRTT. The first was painted in Manchester and flew with Dutch roundel applied. You can see the picture a page back. This is no2, painted in Toulouse.
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...ahem... :oops:

Indeed this is the second A330 tanker with Dutch roundels... :oops:
Stratofreighter wrote:...first pictures of a Dutch KLu-roundel on an Airbus A330 tanker:
https://twitter.com/Frenchpainter/statu ... 1628390400
#Airbus #A330 #MRTT Royal #Netherlands #AirForce
emerge from paint shop and left #Toulouse for #Madrid.
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...arrival of the first Airbus A330 MRTT at Eindhoven got postponed.
No surprises there... :|

https://twitter.com/gizmo436/status/1255057306854871041
De eerste vlucht en de ceremonie zijn uitgesteld, wanneer dit nu zal plaatsvinden is nog niet bekend.
https://twitter.com/VlbEindhoven/status ... 9129764868
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In response to the first/second/third discussion: I saw EC-340 A330MRTT KLu c/s (MRTT-054?) at Getafe on January 22nd, when Corona seemed to be something Chinese.... :shock:
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https://www.airrecognition.com/index.ph ... month.html
According to news published by the NATO website on May 14, 2020,
NATO’s Multinational MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) Fleet (MMF)
will take delivery of its first two A330 MRTT tanker aircraft next month.

The handover of the first two aircraft to the Main Operating Base in Eindhoven
is scheduled to start next month.

The first two of eight A330 MRTT, MMF1 and MMF2 are ready for acceptance,
the third and fourth aircraft are currently under conversion at the Airbus Defense facilities in Getafe, Madrid
and the fifth aircraft,
currently a “green aircraft”, was flown from Toulouse to Getafe last week.
https://www.airrecognition.com/index.ph ... month.html
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https://twitter.com/A330_MMU/status/1268880416959795201
2:20 PM Jun 5, 2020

This week our aircraft acceptance team arrived savely in Madrid
and is starting the final phase for the #MMF first aircraft arrival
at our #MMU Main Operating Base
@VlbEindhoven
https://twitter.com/A330_MMU/status/1268880416959795201
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Stratofreighter wrote:https://twitter.com/A330_MMU/status/1268880416959795201
2:20 PM Jun 5, 2020

This week our aircraft acceptance team arrived savely in Madrid
and is starting the final phase for the #MMF first aircraft arrival
at our #MMU Main Operating Base
@VlbEindhoven
https://twitter.com/A330_MMU/status/1268880416959795201
Savely? :shock:
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frank kramer wrote:Actually, it isn’t... this is the SECOND Dutch MRTT. The first was painted in Manchester and flew with Dutch roundel applied. You can see the picture a page back. This is no2, painted in Toulouse.

You nonsense! They belong to the eight nations !!
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Typhoon3030 wrote:You nonsense! They belong to the eight nations !!
Sure - but it's carrying a Dutch roundel, so: Dutch. That the funding comes from 8 different countries does not make them 'international'. Just like the Luxembourgian E-3A aircraft - they carry the Luxembourg roundel but are paid for by NATO.
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pjotrtje wrote:
Typhoon3030 wrote:You nonsense! They belong to the eight nations !!
Sure - but it's carrying a Dutch roundel, so: Dutch. That the funding comes from 8 different countries does not make them 'international'. Just like the Luxembourgian E-3A aircraft - they carry the Luxembourg roundel but are paid for by NATO.
Looks like de HAF (Hungarian AF) C-17's are also NATO :wink:
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Understood the MRTT's are actually in a pool of aircraft and individual countries can "claim" (and pay) flight hours according to their need. Based on this, the planes have been bought. Countries can still trade hours. It's a clever system allowing smaller nations to sign up for e.g. half an aircraft to service their fleet (based on its annual "hours" of availability). There's a lot of details in the contracts on allocation rules. Am not an expert, just stuff I picked up from people that should know.
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One aspect that is too easily forgotten: the MRTTs are operated by an international organization. And like any international organization (EU, NATO, UN etc) purchases are tax exempt. So no VAT to be paid on these aircraft!
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All fine with me, but I’m more interested in when the team will return “savely” from Getafe with their KC-30’s...
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