Navy orders two more C-40A transport aircraft from BoeingNews
December 27, 2012
ST. LOUIS. Boeing won a $145 million order from the U.S. Navy to deliver two additional C-40A Clipper transport aircraft. These modified Next-Generation 737-700 jets will be the 13th and 14th C-40As in the Navy's Unique Fleet Essential Airlift Replacement Aircraft Program, which was created to replace the Navy Reserve's fleet of DC-9-based C-9B Skytrains.
The C-40A has strong performance and range, new avionics and fuel-efficient engines, says Andy Reheis, Boeing Global Transport and Executive Systems program manager. The aircraft is certified to operate in an all-passenger configuration, an all-cargo variant, and as a "combi" that can carry both cargo and passengers on the main deck.
The Boeing 737 aircraft in the Navy C-40A program are manufactured by in Renton, Wash., and then sent to the company"s facility in San Antonio for necessary modifications and certification. Boeing delivered the first C-40A to the Navy Reserve in 2001. Boeing also provides the contractor logistics support for the C-40A fleet with their industry partners Delta Technical Operations and J.K. Hill and Associates.