Airbus Seeks More Customers For A400M

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 07, 2013

With its first Airbus A400M Atlas handed over, attention is now being focused on how the French air force will put the new European airlifter through its paces.

The handover on Sept. 30, some 10 years after Airbus Military was contracted to build the airlifter for Europe's air arms, and almost four years since the maiden flight, marks the beginning of what will be the real test of the aircraft. As the keys to France's first A400M—MSN7—were transferred during ceremonies in Seville, Spain, and later at Orleans AB, France, foreign air force officials have turned their focus toward France as to how it will integrate the new airlifter into daily operations.

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