An A400M Atlas is visiting Australasia on a trip to demonstrate its capabilities and therefore promote potential exports there.
The aircrafts visit to the region is set to coincide with the Ohakea Air Tatoo in New Zealand and the Avalon Airshow in Australia.
The route is set to go via Hickam in Hawaii, Wellington New Zealand, Ohakea New Zealand, Auckland New Zealand, Avalon Australia, Jakarta Indonesia and Subang Malaysia. This tour will present an ideal opportunity to promote the A400M aircraft to key potential customers whilst providing valuable training and performance development of the aircraft.
The Airbus A400M Atlas is a multi-national transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Defence and Space as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities to replace older transport aircraft, such as the Transall C-160 and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
The aircraft is positioned, in terms of size, between the C-130 and the C-17; it can carry heavier loads than the C-130, while able to use rough landing strips. Along with the transport role, the aircraft can perform aerial refuelling and medical evacuation when fitted with appropriate equipment.