Have you ever wondered how the A400M is built?


With production underway for the 100th aircraft, Airbus is providing an exclusive, ongoing look behind the curtain – taking you inside the various European facilities as this milestone A400M comes together over the months ahead.

Building the 100th A400M

In a series of videos Airbus will show how the A400M next-generation versatile airlifter is built - from the production and assembly of structural components to the finishing touches, like painting, until it’s ready for its maiden flight.


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Watch an A400M come together from start to finish – beginning with the production and build-up of its key structural components, and continuing through the final tests before delivery. 

Watch all the videos in the series!


Discover the fuselage assembly in Bremen

Discover Integrating key structures

Discover the key structures in Tablada

Discover the Radome in Nantes

Discover General assembly

Discover the painting in Bremen

Discover the "DRAS Test" in Bremen

Discover the Implementing Mixer in Bremen

Discover Hydraulic lines in Stade


Transport with Beluga


Discover the arrival of the wings in San Pablo

Discover the loading into the Beluga



Winging it

Wing testing at Station 70

Discover Beluga delivers

The A400M’s “nose job”

Digital tools ensure high quality

Tail and wings assembly

The most modern functional digital test system

Time for dataloading

Testing, testing…

Installation station

Inside the paint shop

First Flight


Advanced, proven and certified

Airbus’ A400M is a success story more than 15 years in the making. Launched in 2003 to respond to the combined needs of multiple European nations, this next-generation airlifter entered service a decade later and has since demonstrated unmatched versatility on military and humanitarian missions around the globe.

Production and delivery of the milestone 100th aircraft is a major milestone for the A400M, which to date has been provided to the military forces of France, Germany, Malaysia, the UK, Spain and Turkey – with future deliveries planned for Belgium and Luxembourg, as well.

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