Germans get second A400M and eye A330 tanker

Close to year after delivery of the first aircraft, Airbus on Wednesday 2 December 2015 said it has delivered the second A400M transport aircraft to Germany. Planned to take five aircraft this year, Germany so far has only two A400Ms at its disposal. Berlin fined Airbus 14 million USD for the delay.

According to Airbus, a third A400M is to be delivered shortly. The A400M program met a lot of critics in Germany. The air force is forced to keep its old C-160 cargo aircraft in service for longer because of the difficulties. However, in April the Germans took the type on its first international flight.

The year 2015 was a tough one for Airbus and its A400M, following the fatal crash in Seville in May. The cause of the crash was found quickly however, enabling Airbus to get back on track in a short period of time.


Meanwhile, Germany is seriously thinking about joining the Netherlands, Poland and Norway in the European joint tanker effort. At least four Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)  should form a fleet shared by those countries.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest