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A400M
 
Latest update: September 2017

Company: Airbus Defense and Space.
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Belgium 7         7             0
France 50       11 39             11
Germany 53       10 43             10
Indonesia     5     0             0
Luxembourg 1         1             0
Malaysia 4       4 0             4
Spain 27       1 26             1
Turkey 10       4 6 1           3
United Kingdom 22       16 6             16
Total 174   5   46 128 1           45
 
Comment(s):

Belgium:

Its first aircraft will be delivered in 2019 (original planning was 2018). Aircraft will be based at Melsbroek Air Base (military side of Brussels International Airport).

France:

All aircraft based at Orleans and assigned to ET 061.

Germany:

The sixth (54+07) and seventh (54+06) aircraft were delivered in December 2016. A400M 54+07 is the first equipped with the Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS). All aircraft before 54+07 have to be retrofitted to be brought up to the DASS standard.

All the transport aircraft are assigned to LTG 62 based at Wunstorf Air Base nearby the city of Hannover. 40 Aircraft will be taken on strenght divided into 16 logistical and 24 tactical aircraft. The remaining 13 aircraft will not enter service and be offered for sale. Germany tried to find a solution for these 13 aircraft by offering to lease them to other countries with the A400Ms based in Germany. As there's no interest in this solution it's likeley these aircraft will be stored once delivered.

At the Airbus plant in Sevilla, Spain one aircraft (for the German Air Force) as been seen with an air refuelling pod under its wing.

Indonesia:

Selected the A400M (in January 2017) with the intention to buy five aircraft.

Luxembourg:

See comment Belgium. Its aircraft is purchased together with Belgium and will be operated from Belgium.

Malaysia:

Its fourth and final A400M was delivered in March 2017 two years after its first aircraft arrived in the country.

Spain:

Its first aircraft was delivered on November 17th, 2016 (first flight made on September 5th, 2016). Based on the original plan the aircraft was due to be delivered during the 1st quarter of 2016. Of the 27 aircraft on order 14 will enter service with Ala 31 with the remaining 13 aircraft be offered for sale.

Turkey:

Ordered 10 aircraft. The third aircraft destined for the Turkish Air Force crashed during a test flight (see below). Although not delivered its listed as W/O under Turkey in the table above.

Note: Airbus D&S reports 10 aircraft ordered with four delivered and active.

United Kingdom:

All aircraft are based at RAF Brize-Norton, which is home to the Air Transport and Air-to-Air refuelling fleet of the Royal Air Force, and operated by 24 and 70 Squadrons. Within the RAF the A400M is designated Atlas C1.

Airbus D&S:

On May 9th an A400M crashed after take of from Seville, Spain. The aicraft involved, construction number MSN23 should have been the third aircraft to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force. Except France all countries grounded their aircraft. On June 18th the Spanish autorities lifted the flight restrictions for the aircraft. One day later later the French Air Force received its seventh A400M which was the thirteenth delivery by Airbus D&S.

Country order of aircraft deliveries: France, Turkey, United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia and Spain.
 
A400M deliveries per year
 
Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Total
Belgium            
France 2 4 2 2 1 11
Germany   1 2 4 3 10
Indonesia            
Luxembourg            
Malaysia     2 1 1 4
Spain       1   1
Turkey   2 1   1 4
United Kingdom   1 4 7 4 16
Total 2 8 11 15 10 46

2017:

The delivery schedule for 2017 is currently unknown. The first delivery in 2017 was made to the French Air Force who received it's 11th aircraft on Friday January 6th. Germany received the second aircraft with the RAF receiving the third (and its thirteenth) aircraft in Friday February 11th.

To be delivered in the (near) future - based on reported sightings:

MSN Air Force   MSN Air Force
         
054 Germany   063 Germany
055 Turkey   064 Germany
056 Turkey   065 France
057 Germany   066 Unknown
058 United Kingdom   067 Germany
059 Germany   068 Unknown
060 United Kingdom   069 Germany
061 Germany   070 Spain
062 France      

2016:

  Plan Del. Del. %
Country 2016 2016 2016
Belgium 0 0 0%
France 6 2 33%
Germany 9 4 44%
Luxembourg 0 0 0%
Malaysia 2 1 50%
Spain   1  
Turkey   0  
United Kingdom   7  
Total 17 15 88%

Comments:

Delivery schedules for Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom are unknown.

Aircraft awaiting delivery are: three for Germany, one Malaysia, one Turkey and three United Kingdom. Germany will not receive A400Ms in 2016.

2015:

Airbus D&S planned to deliver 13 aircraft to its customers and delivered 11 aircraft.
 
A400M milestones
 
The A400M is undergoing an Air-to-Air refuelling test & development program using Airbus D&S A400Ms. The aircraft will be capable of fieling two hose and drogue units under its wings as well as third cemtreline hose and drogue (HDU) unit.

Date: Milestone:
   
14.09.2016 AAR of another A400M using the HDU with more than 50 contacts made in two flights.
18.02.2015 Two Spanish Air Force EF-18s were refuelled simultaneously by an Airbus D&S A400M.
 
Photogallery
 
German Air Force A400M first visit to Eindhoven Air Base on an EATC mission early August 2015.
French Air Force A400M arriving at

     
Eindhoven Air Base at the end of August 2015. Turkish AF A400M departing Kleine-Brogel Air Base September 2017. A Royal Air Force Atlas C1 visited Eindhoven Air Base
     
   
on April 19th and is here seen about to depart from runway 03.    
 
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