The Airbus Defence and Space A400M final assembly line (FAL) in Seville (Spain) has begun working on the first A400M, planned to be introduced to the German Air Force this November 2014.
With the arrival of the fuselage for this aircraft, known as MSN18, all major structures of the first A400M for Germany are now being assembled in the FAL. Taking over 53 aircraft, the German Air Force will be the biggest customer of the new aircraft.
All German A400M will be dedicated to the German Air Transport Wing 62 at Hannover-Wunstorf. After being introduced to the German Air Force, it is foreseen that the German A400M fleet will change over on EATC operational control (OPCON).
The picture below shows the Roll-out of the aircraft one day before at the fuselage assembly line in Bremen. Right next waiting is the “Beluga” airlifter, designed for any kind of extraordinary load – and waiting to carry the “freight” over to Sevilla.
Pictures: Airbus Defence and Space
Find more about the EATC involvement in A400M matters here.