Today, the A400M First Delivery Ceremony takes place in Seville, Spain followed by the official delivery of this remarkable aircraft to the EATC partner nation France. The Commander of the EATC, Major General Pascal Valentin, is present to follow this milestone and step towards the future of military air transport.
The EATC will become the biggest future user of the A400M, about 110 to 120 aircraft will in a few years fly on EATC OPCON.
That' s because the national EATC assigned squadrons fly most on EATC orchestrated and conducted assets for air transport (AT), aeromedical evacuation (AE) and air-to-air refuelling (AAR). Moreover the EATC has an interest and strong will to combine the nations needs to set up international agreed future concepts for the A400M in order to reach out for one European military air transport backbone, one international understanding: The best interoperability for future missions and the benefit for the Participating Nations is the EATC Commander' s guideline to make the EATC a true enabler in the field of European military AT.
This aircraft, the most modern airlifter in the world, will today be delivered to its first customer, the French Air Force, after seven nations have worked together to achieve today´s answer to tomorrow´s challenges.
More information about the EATC involvement is available here.