The Portuguese Air Force (FAP) is expected to officially take delivery of its first KC-390 Millennium on Thursday. The Embraer aircraft is in transit from Brazil, where it took off on Tuesday.
The multi-role jet, registration number 26091, is the first to be exported by the Brazilian manufacturer and is part of an order for five aircraft that will replace the Portuguese C-130 Hercules.
The FAP aircraft, however, has already been to Portugal on other occasions. Still with the provisional registration PT-ZDK, the KC-390 visited some air bases for presentations and also to receive NATO standard equipment.
The first Portuguese KC-390 was also presented at the Paris Air Show, in June, where it was placed alongside a Brazilian Air Force example.
The delivery flight of KC-390 26091 departed from Embraer’s facilities in Gavião Peixoto and made a technical stop in Recife and Espargos, on Sal Island, where it was on Wednesday.
The aircraft will be received at Air Base nº 11, in Beja, southern Portugal.