An Airbus Defence and Space C295W military aircraft belonging to the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) and operated by a mixed crew from Airbus Defence and Space, SEMAR ad Mexican Air Force (FAM) completed a month-long tour through Latin America on 11 December.
The tour included stops in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Panama and Mexico. During its month on the continent the C295W aircraft covered around 46,000 km in around 100 flight hours and was subjected to weather conditions ranging from the extreme cold of southern Argentina to the hot and high conditions of La Paz, Bolivia. The aircraft also performed the first flight ever by the C295 to Antarctica.
The C295W version is equipped with winglets that allow the transport of more payload over longer distances in hot and high conditions, as well as fuel savings of around 4%.