Airbus Military has started final assembly of its first production A400M transport aircraft for the French Air Force (ALA) at its San Pablo facility in Seville, Spain.
The aircraft fuselage section, nose and wings have arrived at the final assembly site.
The integration of the central box and outer wings has already begun, while the horizontal and vertical tail planes are scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks.
The Airbus A400M is a multi-national, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designated as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities.
The French Air Force will receive the first A400M aircraft in 2012-2013.