First A400M aircraft delivered to France
The French Air Force has formally taken delivery of the first A400M airlifter to be delivered under the Airbus Military programme. The aircraft, MSN7, will be based at the French airbase of Orleans-Bricy where it will initially be used for the continuing training of aircrew before becoming part of the French Air Force operational transport fleet.
This delivery represents the culmination of 10 years of development by Airbus Military and more than 5,000 flight-test hours, involving close to 40,000 people working for this major European defence programme.
Domingo Ureña said: ‘Today is a truly historic day for the European aerospace industry – marking the moment at which it becomes the new global leader in the military transport sector with an entirely new aircraft. I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone at Airbus Military, Airbus and our suppliers whose unflagging efforts have made this enormous achievement possible, as well as our customers and OCCAR whose inputs over the years have been crucial to the success of the programme.’
An official ceremony to celebrate the delivery in its Final Assembly Location in Sevilla will take place after the summer break.
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