Airbus resumes A400M deliveries after Spain’s DGAM withdraws restrictions


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Airbus Defence and Space has resumed deliveries of its A400M aircraft after Spanish regulator DGAM lifted all remaining flight restrictions on new production aircraft.

As part of this development, all A400M aircraft are now cleared for flight, as they have completed checks specified in the alert operator transmission (AOT).

Airbus Defence and Space Military Aircraft head Fernando Alonso said: "We appreciate the Spanish authorities' timely action in restoring our permission to fly without restriction, as well as our customers' patience and support in recent weeks.

"We are working hard to bring the schedule back on-track while continuing to support the investigation."

Meanwhile, Airbus has delivered the seventh production A400M Atlas military transport aircraft to French defence procurement agency Directorate General of Armaments (DGA).

This new aircraft for the French Air Force carries the serial number MSN19, and is equipped with an initial capability to drop paratroopers from its rear ramp.

"We are working hard to bring the schedule back on-track while continuing to support the investigation."

The latest delivery marks the 13th production aircraft of the 174 units currently on order.

According to Airbus, the company plans to manufacture at least 13 aircraft this year.

Airbus halted production and delivery of the model after an A400M military transport plane crashed in May during tests near Seville in southern Spain, killing four people on-board.

Following this, the company asked all A400M operators to carry out one-time, specific checks of the electronic control units (ECU) on the engine of their aircraft.

The company said the A400M accident last month was due to suspected software problems.


Image: An Airbus A400M aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Chris/ CC BY 2.0.