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Could Airbus Do A Civilian A400 Freighter?  
User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3494 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.

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User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

On further investigation, it appears that Airbus is looking at marketing the aircraft as a civil version.

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.



User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

I was just about the cite the previous month of Air Cargo World. [see above]

They may do it, but I cannot imagine many airlines getting it-perhaps some of the Middle-East airlines-maybe to replace the IL76?

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User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4427 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

The unavoidable Mr. Aboulafia of TEAL has made his comments on the issue already..... There is no escaping him  Smile

User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 6055 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3295 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.

The best time to plant a tree is today. The second best time is tomorrow.
User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 10652 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

It would be a very small market at best and as long as Russian / Ukrainian build aircraft are available for a fraction of the cost AB or Boeing would need, the chances are very slim.

At the recent Air Cargo Europe in Munich, Boeing had a stand featuring all present cargo aircraft.No C-17 model there.

R.I.P. Glenn Frey
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