No flying for A400M at Farnborough

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 6, 2012
Airbus Military has confirmed earlier reports that it has withdrawn the A400M from the flying display at Farnborough. (Airbus Military)

Airbus Military has confirmed that it will display one of its A400Ms at the Farnborough Air Show, but has had to pull out of its planned flying displays due to a recent engine issue.

The company has said that it will still bring MSN6, which is the first production representative A400M to the Air Show and will display it in the static park. It is also expected that Airbus will formally launch its new product name for the A400M, ‘Atlas’, at the Air Show.

Despite the continued challenges with the A400Ms engines, Airbus says that the five test aircraft have continued with its flight-testing schedule and that it has successfully demonstrated a number of capabilities.

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“It is beginning to show the level of technical maturity required at first delivery, and we are pleased with the overall performance of the aircraft,” Airbus said in a statement.

“Despite some engine maturity challenges, we are confident that we will find the right solutions and provide our customers with an aircraft that fully meets or exceeds the expectations.”

There are now three A400Ms in final assembly at Airbus Military’s facility in Seville, Spain, with a further six in various other assembly stages.

It is expected that the first A400Ms will be delivered by the end of the year.

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