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The Republic of Kazakhstan has ordered two Airbus A400M transport aircraft, including a full maintenance and training package. According to a statement from Airbus, the first A400M is to be delivered in 2024. A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed for cooperation on maintenance and overhaul work, which Airbus says will lead to the establishment of a local C295 maintenance centre.

With the order, Kazakhstan becomes the ninth operator nation of this aircraft after:

  • Germany
  • France
  • the UK
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia
  • Luxembourg

“This new export order brings the total number of A400M orders to 176 – a number we intend to increase further in the near future,” said Michael Schoellhorn, the new CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.  According to the company, more than 100 examples have already been delivered while the type has already completed 100,000 flight hours.