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Airbus Military Begins Final Assembly of the First A400M

29 November 2011

Following the launch of A400M series production last February, Airbus Military has begun final assembly of the first A400M that will be delivered to a customer –the French Air Force.

According to Airbus Military, the fuselage for this aircraft, known as MSN7, arrived at the final assembly line in Seville, Spain, on board an Airbus Beluga. They explained that the all composite wings and nose had arrived some days earlier and the integration of the central box and outer wings has already begun. Airbus Military expect the horizontal tailplane and the vertical tailplane over coming weeks, both of which are composed mainly of carbon fibre.

Airbus Military say that France will receive its first A400M military airlifter around the turn of the year 2012/2013. They say that eight serial A400M aircraft are already at different stages of production.