Embraer continues its offensive to obtain new contracts for the C-390 Millenium, airlifter rival to the C-130 Hercules turboprop. One of the Brazilian manufacturer’s aircraft is making a tour of European countries.
Earlier this month, Embraer participated in Air Power, Austria’s largest air show, in Zeltweg, where the KC-390 was its main attraction.
In recent days, the PT-ZNG registration demonstrator also passed through Portugal, in the celebrations of the bicentennial of the Independence of Brazil (see below) before heading to Tampere Airport, in Finland, where the Satakunta Air Command, from Finnish Air Force.
The aircraft was at the airport between the 8th and 9th, performing what appeared to be a demonstration flight this Friday. On Saturday morning, the KC-390 took off towards Eidhoven Airport, in the south of the Netherlands.
There, the Embraer jet will be demonstrated to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, which in June announced the acquisition of five C-390 Millennium to replace the old Lockheed Martin C-130H.
The Dutch Hercules are based in Eidhoven, alongside other aircraft such as the A330-MRTT aerial refueling aircraft and Gulfstream IV jets.
Portugal’s first KC-390 in October
This week the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, revealed that the country’s first KC-390 will be delivered in October. The Portuguese leader gave a speech next to the same PT-ZNG plane in Faro, on September 7, marking the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s Independence.
Like the Netherlands, Portugal ordered five of these jets from Embraer. The first Portuguese KC-390 is undergoing final tests at the Gavião Peixoto facility in Brazil.