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Could Airbus Do A Civilian A400 Freighter?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:08 pm

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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RE: Could Airbus Do A Civilian A400 Freighter?

Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:54 pm

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

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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.

http://www.aircargoworld.com/features/0607_4.htm

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RE: Could Airbus Do A Civilian A400 Freighter?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:02 am

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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RE: Could Airbus Do A Civilian A400 Freighter?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:19 am

The unavoidable Mr. Aboulafia of TEAL has made his comments on the issue already..... There is no escaping him  Smile
 
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RE: Could Airbus Do A Civilian A400 Freighter?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:58 am

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.
 
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RE: Could Airbus Do A Civilian A400 Freighter?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:01 am

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.
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