Aug 30, 2013 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: French Ministry of Defense; issued Aug. 29, 2013)
(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
Status Report on A400M Activities at Orléans
The first A400M Atlas, serial number MSN007, was handed over to the French air force on August 2, 2013. It is currently operated by the Multinational Entry into Service Team (MEST), with the goal of achieving 55 flight hours per month.
After an initial maintenance period, flight activity began in week 34. These are mainly training and aircrew qualification flights, with some in-flight trials.
In the support area, both personnel and equipment are going through a running-in period for the technical and logistical process.
Training and in-flight trials are to continue. A second aircraft is to be delivered by year-end. The coming into service of a simulator will allow the French air force to be self-sufficient for aircrew training.