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A400M
 
Latest update: June 2018

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 WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.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
Egypt     12     0             0
France 50       14 36             14
Germany 53       19 34             19
Indonesia     5     0             0
Luxembourg 1         1             0
Malaysia 4       4 0             4
Spain 27       2 25             2
Turkey 10       5 5 1           5
UK 22       19 3             19
Total 174   17   63 111 1           63
 
Comment(s):

The first A400M was delivered to the French Air Force on August 2, 2013 which also received the 25th aircraft on June 8, 2016. A400M number 50 was delivered to the German Air Force on September 29, 2017.

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).

Egypt:

One aircraft seen in Egyptian Air Force colors. However an order for 12? aircraft have not been announced by both Airbus D&S and the Egyptian ministry of defence.

France:

All aircraft based at Orleans and assigned to ET 061.

It's first A400 equipped for Air-to-Air refueling (F-RBAL) was delivered on November 22, 2017.

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.

German Air Force A400M equipped with hose and drogue under-wing refuelling pods.


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. The second aircraft equipped with the air refuelling pods was delivered on December 22, 2017.

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.

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.
The 20th aircraft for the RAF was officially handed over on June 7, 2018.

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.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Belgium A400M 7         7             0
Egypt A400M     12     0             0
France A400M 50       14 36             14
Germany A400M 53       19 34             19
Indonesia A400M     5     0             0
Luxembourg A400M 1         1             0
Malaysia A400M 4       4 0             4
Spain A400M 27       2 25             2
Turkey A400M 10       5 5 1           5
UK Atlas C1 22       19 3             19
Total   174   17   63 111 1           63
 
Comment(s):
 
A400M deliveries per year
 
Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Belgium              
Egypt              
France 2 4 2 2 3 1 14
Germany   1 2 4 8 4 19
Indonesia              
Luxembourg              
Malaysia     2 1 1   4
Spain       1 1   2
Turkey   2 1   2   5
UK   1 4 7 6 1 19
Total 2 8 11 15 21 6 63

On March 7, 2018 the company announced it production plan. From 2020 it will deliver eight aircraft annually. Based on this with current orders the last A400M will be delivered in 2030.

Country 2018 2019 2020 2021
Belgium 0      
Egypt 0      
France 1      
Germany 4      
Indonesia 0      
Luxembourg 0      
Malaysia 0      
Spain 0      
Turkey 0      
UK 1      
Undisclosed 9 11 8 8
         
Total 15 11 8 8


63 A400Ms have been delivered until May 16, 2018. For 2018 and 2019 the production plan was released to contain 15 and 11 respectively. The details by country were not released. These are listed in the report as undisclosed minus the aircraft which have been delivered (confirmed) throughout the year.

France will receive its next aircraft on 2019. In the same year the first aircraft for Belgium and Luxembourg should be delivered.

Expected delivery of the next 20 A400Ms based on reported sightings:

MSN Country MSN Country
       
056 Civil registrered 081 Germany
066 Unknown or not build? 082 Spain
068 Unknown or not build? 083 Germany
074 Germany 084 Unknown
075 Turkey 085 Germany
076 Spain 086 Unknown
077 United Kingdom 087 Unknown
078 Turkey 088 Germany
079 Germany 089 France
080 Turkey 090 Unknown
       

MSN 074 until 082 should be the remaining aircraft to be delivered in 2018.

Not delivered are MSN: 056, 066 and 068 for which the customer is unknown or these aircraft are not build. Aircraft MSN056 is reported to be for Egypt (SU-BUX) although an order of 12 aircraft has not been confirmed by either Airbus D&S or the Egyptian MoD.

2018:

Country Plan Del Del. %
  2018? 2018 2018
Belgium 0 0 0%
France 1 1 100%
Germany 7 4 57%
Indonesia 0 0 0%
Luxembourg 0 0 0%
Malaysia 0 0 0%
Spain 2 0 0%
Turkey 3 0 0%
UK 2 1 50%
Undisclosed 0 0 0%
       
Total 15 6 40%

Note: the delivery planning was not disclosed by Airbus D&S. Based on delivered aircraft and sightings the numbers in the Plan 2018? are assumed to be the delivery planning for this year.

2017:

The delivery schedule for 2017 hasn't been made public by Airbus D&S. 21 aircraft have been delivered with the first delivery in 2017 made to the French Air Force receiving 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. The 50th A400M was delivered to the German Air Force (54+13, MSN059). The last delivery was made to Spain receiving its second aircraft on December 22.

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.
 
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