Third A400M in Subang

SHAH ALAM: Third A400M in Subang. RMAF’s third A400M air-lifter arrived at the Subang airbase this afternoon – four days after it was officially delivered to the service. The A400M – tail number M54-03 – flew some 9,100 km to get to Subang from the Airbus D&S A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain.

The ferry flight from Seville, took two days with one stop-over at the Al Bateen executive airport in Abu Dhabi. Both the previous deliveries, took the same route and stop-overs.

M54-03 on finals at Subang today.
M54-03 on finals at Subang today.

Unlike the arrival of 02 late last year, 03’s arrival today was rather subdued. There was no fly past over Subang and there was no escorts.

MSN36 or M54-03 undergoing manufacturing when Malaysian Defence visited the A400M FAL in late October, 2015
MSN36 or M54-03 undergoing manufacturing when Malaysian Defence visited the A400M FAL in late October, 2015

An official welcoming ceremony for the aircraft is only expected after Ramadan. It will be a good excuse to hold a Raya open house at 22nd Squadron spanking new hangars.

M54-03 on finals at Subang airport.
M54-03 on finals at Subang airport.

The prompt arrival of the RMAF third aircraft must be a welcome relief to Airbus D&S which have come under pressure due to delivery delays caused by engine and air-frame issues.

M54-03 accorded the traditional welcome as it taxi into Subang airbase. Air Times picture
M54-03 accorded the traditional welcome as it taxi into Subang airbase. Air Times picture

Mean-while, a PDRM Super King Air 350 fitted with the ISR fit also made a landing at the runway after what appears to be a test flight following maintenance.

PDRM Super King Air 350 on finals at Subang airport.
PDRM Super King Air 350 on finals at Subang airport.

— Malaysian Defence

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