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Quoting Revelation (Reply 2):
EADS has been totally consistent that 170 is the minimum number of A440Ms needed for the program to be viable.
This would make sense if EADS is never going to attempt to sell the A400 to anyone else. Don't they plan any follow on sales?
Clearly, EADS is playing with the numbers. France has what, 50 A-400s on order? IIRC, Germany has the biggest order at 60 airplanes. The UK has some 25. If Germany and the UK dropped all their orders, France would still get their 50 airplanes. Malaysa will still get 4, and Turkey their 8 (?). I forgot how many Spain has on order, but they will get theirs, too. IIRC, someone has only 1 on order. EADS will yell loudly, if Germany and the UK canceled their 85 airplanes, but it will still get built. EADS will threaten to pull the wing work out of the UK, no work out of Germany (Germany owns some of EADS/Airbus).
There is no "real" minimum number of A-400s to be built. It is time to call EADS's bluff.
EADS really would like to sell additional A-400s to anyone who will buy them. They keep pressuring South Africa to renew their canceled order. They keep threatening the EU customers if there is any talk about more than 10 cancels. That is BS. But, as long as the price, and contract talks are still 'up in the air', no one will buy it, so EADS has to try to keep what is ordered any way they can.