Airbus: progress on first A400M for Spain

The wings for the first Airbus A400M airlifter for the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire) arrived at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in San Pablo, Seville (Spain), Airbus Defence & Space reported on on Wednesday 14 October.

These first large elements of the aircraft, known as MSN44, were transported by ship from the UK where they were made, to St Nazaire, France and then flown to Seville inside one of Airbus’ Beluga aircraft.

MSN44 will shortly enter into the final assembly process in preparation for its delivery to the Spanish Air Force in the second quarter of 2016. Spain will be the sixth user of the A400M, following France, the UK, Malaysia, Turkey and Germany.

© 2015 editor Dennis Spronk
Featured image: The wings are off loaded in Seville. (Image © Airbus)