Apr 8, 2014

Turkey Accepts First A400M

Turkey has finally accepted its first A400M tactical transport aircraft from the Airbus consortium, ending a monthslong controversy over whether the aircraft met technical specifications.
The acceptance of the A400M was formalized April 4. The delivery made Turkey the second operator of the A400M.
Following today’s contractual transfer of title, the aircraft will be flown to Kayseri air base in central Turkey, where it will initially be used for training.
Turkey, a partner in the multinational consortium that builds the aircraft, had been wrangling with the group over disputed technical snags that blocked delivery of its first aircraft. Turkey received its first A400M late in 2013.
Airbus Group NV CEO said Feb. 26 in Toulouse, France, that he was frustrated by Turkey’s failure to accept the delivery, even though two planes are flying successfully with French forces.
But Turkey’s chief procurement official, who was removed from office in late March, said that the aircraft failed to meet the acceptance criteria.

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