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The French air force should received its first A400M ahead of schedule, says Domingo Urena, Airbus Military's CEO. “We hope to present the aircraft to the French in 2012 and we hope they will accept it,” he says.Speaking at the close of a two day press seminar in Seville and Madrid, Urena says the A400M program is now stabilised and on track and that flight tests showed it was performing “in some case beyond the expectations of the customer.”He concedes that Airbus Military “won't earn money with our launch clients,” but hopes to earn “decent money from exports.” But he stressed that they were remaining prudent for the moment on the export market although they would have 10 aircraft available (the 7 cancelled by Germany and the 3 by the UK) which “we will try to sell as soon as possible.”
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