EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2389 times:
With the lack of nose loading capability on any airbus freighter, could Airbus consider launching a civilian version of the A400M? I know Boeing is said to be close to a civilian version of the C17, and I assume that the A400 would have lower operating costs.
EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
On further investigation, it appears that Airbus is looking at marketing the aircraft as a civil version.
Quote: Airbus officials suggest a growing interest among air freight operators in the high-wing, four engine turboprop utility military aircraft. The order book for the A400M last month stood at 192 aircraft from nine European military customers since the program was launched in May 2003.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5222 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
Military aircraft are so overdesigned that they are rarely successful commercially. Lockheed's L-100 version of the military C-130 sold in small numbers (slightly more than 100?); and it's doubtful whether Lockheed made much or any money on it.
EADS A-400M is selling only in small numbers anyway, so even a relatively modest sale of a commercial version might be worth it to them. If a commercial version is priced only to cover discrete development and direct manufacturing costs, it might be worth it to EADS.