Airbus airlifters on promising flight path
As Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) hands over the first of ten A400M new generation airlifters to the Turkish Air Force, Defence IQ looks back on what has been a landmark year for the company, given not only the launch of its new major product but its very emergence from the formation of EADS divisions Airbus Military, Astrium and Cassidian. The newly branded Airbus Group, as a whole, recorded record sales in 2013, leading to promising production figures for the next few years. Aside to the Turkish delivery, the company has so far delivered two A400Ms to the French Air Force. By the end of this year, it will have delivered 14 of the aircraft, including the early options for the UK and Germany, and current plans would see the 174 orders completed by around 2022...
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