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A400M Faces Up To One-Year Delay
Delivery delays for the European A400M military airlifter could stretch to a year, with some customers predicting more potential problems than the airframer is acknowledging.
Flight trials will not start until next July; and once they begin, many pitfalls loom—further complicating the efforts by Airbus Military to deliver the aircraft to customers. The project faces a tight flight test schedule in which managers will have to oversee an unusual dual test-site arrangement and—in a first for Airbus— certify a turboprop.