Plane of the Day: Airbus A400M:
The Airbus A400M is a four-engine turboprop aircraft, designed by Airbus Military to meet the demand of European nations for military airlift. Since its formal launch the aircraft has also been ordered by South Africa, Chile and Malaysia.
The A400M will begin assembly in the Seville plant of EADS Spain (part of Airbus Military) in October 2006. The first test flight occurred in December 2009.
Span: 42.4 m (139 ft 1 in)
Length: 45.1 m (148 ft)
Height: 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in)
Engines: 4 EPI TP400-D6 (8,250 kW power)
Cruising Speed: 780 km/h (480 mph, 420 knots)
First Flight: 11 December 2009
Number built: 4 (174 on order)