The company handed over the aircraft on the 20th March to the European Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). The OCCAR are in charge of the management of the A400M Programme, representing Germany and France. The ceremony took place in Seville, Spain.
OCCAR Director Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño said: “It is a great pleasure to see two of the leading OCCAR nations receiving these superb aircraft on the same day in a year when the organisation is itself celebrating the 20th anniversary of the signature of its Convention. This is testimony to the effective work performed by OCCAR’s A400M team over many years in managing this exceptionally complex programme.”
These latest deliveries were the 60th and 61st A400M military aircraft to be handed over. This takes the German and French fleets to 18 and 14 aircraft respectively.
The above photo shows the Airbus and OCCAR delivery teams, with the French and German crews in front of the two aircraft following the official handover ceremony.