The German Air Force will get its first Airbus A400M turboprop tactical transport aircraft in November or December 2014, the Luftwaffe press stated in a news release.
The first A400M crew trains since autumn at the German-French Airbus Military Training Centre in Sevilla, Spain. So far the Germans are not overly enthousiastic about the capabilities of the A400M. From the news release: “Also when the first airplane will probably not be able to do everything that the Luftwaffe is expected from it, the beginning of the training and start-up of the type’s commissioning in German service is essential”.
At the end of 2014 the German Air Force will have what it calls a Core Crew, that will grow further in the coming years. Twenty A400Ms are planned to flow into service in 2016 and 2017. “Their coming is essential for the step-by-step retiring of the ancient C.160 Transall that should be completed by 2019.”
Inspekteur der Luftwaffe Lieutenant-General Karl Müllner: “That the A400M in the beginning of its German career will have less functionality should not delay entry into service by the end of 2014.”
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