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A400M
 
Latest update: August 2019

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 WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.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 - 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     11     0             0
France A400M 50       15 35             15
Germany A400M 53       30 23             30
Indonesia A400M     5     0             0
Luxembourg A400M 1         1             0
Malaysia A400M 4       4 0             4
Spain A400M 27       4 23             4
Turkey A400M 10       8 2 1           8
UK Atlas C1 22       20 2             20
Total   174   16   81 93 1           81
 
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:

Belgiums first aircraft has been allocated MSN 106 which will be delivered in the first half of 2020. Delivery of all seven aircraft will take place in the 2020 - 2023 timeframe, all will be based at Melsbroek Air Base (military side of Brussels International Airport). The original planning saw the first aircraft delivered in 2018.

The aircraft for Luxembourg, allocated MSN 104, started final assembly in June 2018 and will also operate from Melsbroek. It expected to be delivered just before the Belgian Air Component aircraft.

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.
 
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.
The Spanish Air Force received the first aircraft delivered in 2019 and the fourth for the service on January 10.

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.