Feb 27, 2014

Turkey refuses to accept A400M

Airbus Chief Executive said he’s frustrated by Turkey’s failure to accept delivery of the third production A400M airlifter, even though two planes are flying successfully with French forces.
Airbus is still bargaining over the delivery process with Turkey, which has 10 A400Ms on order.
The aircraft is ready to go,and it’s the same aircraft that delivered to the French Air Force that has been instantly operational and fit for flight.
Airbus is ramping up A400M production following years of delays and cost increases that mean the program won’t make a profit unless additional orders are won beyond the 174 already secured..
Airbus should deliver 10 or 11 A400Ms this year while working on upgrading the turboprop to its full capabilities. The first planes have performed well in ferrying French troops to Mali to combat insurgents.
Turkey is a 5.5 percent shareholder in the A400M program, with Turkish Aerospace Industries supplying fuselage and wing parts for the plane to Bremen in Germany and Filton, England, for integration before final assembly in Seville, Spain.

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