Malaysia Takes Delivery of Its First Airbus A400M
(Source: Bernama news agency; published Mar 10, 2015)
The Royal Malaysian Air Force has taken formal delivery of the first of four A400M airlifters it has ordered. This is the first delivery to a customer not part of the A400M consortium. (Airbus photo)
KUALA LUMPUR --- Airbus Defence and Space has formally delivered the first of four Airbus A400M military transport ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

The handover also marks the first delivery of an A400M to an export customer outside the original launch nations.

The aircraft was accepted at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain, on March 9 by Chief of Malaysian Defence Force General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

It was witnessed by Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance, Datuk Nozirah and Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defence, Datuk Dr Rothiah who signed the transfer of title on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

"The A400M will give the RMAF the most advanced heavy transport capability in the region and enable us to undertake an extraordinary range of military and humanitarian operations," RMAF chief General Datuk Seri Roslan Saad was quoted as saying in an Airbus statement.

Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer Bernhard Gerwert said: "We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer - Malaysia."

These aircraft will transform Malaysia's air mobility force, thanks to the A400M's unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities, he said.

"This sends a clear message that the A400M is not just a specialised aircraft designed and developed for Europe's air forces, but is truly the new reference in tactical and strategic transport market globally - fulfilling both roles in a single machine," the statement said

Upon arrival in Malaysia, the A400M will star in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Langkawi from March 17-21.

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Malaysia Takes Delivery of Its First Airbus A400M
(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued March 10, 2015)
Airbus Defence and Space has formally delivered the first of four Airbus A400M military transport ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force. The handover also marks the first delivery of an A400M to an export customer outside the original launch nations.

The aircraft was accepted at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain on 9 March by Chief of Malaysian Defence Force General Tan Sri Dr. Zulkifeli, witnessed by Datuk Nozirah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Finance, and Dato Dr. Rothiah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Defence, who signed the Transfer of Title on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Bin Saad, said: "The A400M will give the RMAF the most advanced heavy transport capability in the region and enable us to undertake an extraordinary range of military and humanitarian operations."

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer - Malaysia. These aircraft will transform Malaysia's air mobility force thanks to the A400M’s unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities. Today sends a clear message that the A400M is not just a specialised aircraft designed and developed for Europe's air forces, but is truly the new reference in tactical and strategic transport market globally – fulfilling both roles in a single machine."

After arrival in Malaysia, the A400M will star in the LIMA airshow at Langkawi, 17-21 March.

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