Not status, unless status is now a desire to do what the US does, that is protect vital national industries.
Not being subject to the whims of increasingly negative US administrations too, you want Europe to have a better airlift capability, but only if the supplier is from the US?
Tough luck, C-17 is way too expensive and fills a slightly different mission (the RAF will retain theirs after A400M is deployed), C-130J is not up to the task, ALM
Antillean Airlines (Netherlands Antilles)">LM's fault, maybe despite the extra costs, they should have widened the fuselage somewhat, what is the point of buying a large fleet of new transports that have many of the limitations of the aircraft they are replacing?
I see a pattern here, anything that is not being done by the US is now a status project? Clearly A380 customers think not, tough luck again, Boeing had two shots at updating 747 in the last 8 years and flunked it both times.
Not for the first time, they did not rate the opposition.
A400M will be built in large numbers for contributing nations, collaboration might be a pain sometimes, the politics and resulting delays, however Europe is not the US, you are not dealing with one nation, but when you pull it off it pays dividends, economies of scale in production and all that.
C-130J is for the moment threatened not by A400M, but the ending of USAF
orders, the C-130 originally was boosted by not just being a great design, but by the large US orders.
Why be surprised that the C-17 has not had, save the RAF, any exports? How many C-141's which it replaced were sold abroad?
Europe is often, and rightly, criticized for spending not enough on Defence, mainly in the area of power projection, well A400M will help a lot in fixing that, maybe F-35 will become a European mainstay, with Typhoon, Gripen and Rafale, but some attitudes will have to change to ensure this, promises on offset work and input in areas beyond metal bashing will not have to be broken as has been threatened, Norway for one might end up with Typhoon because of this.