First Spanish Air Force A400M Takes Maiden Flight Published: September 2016 Seville. The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Spanish Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery, an Airbus press statement said September 6. The aircraft, known as MSN44, took off from Seville, Spain where the A400M Final Assembly Line is located at 15:25 local time (GMT+1) on September 5 and landed back on site three hours and 45 minutes later. Test-Pilot Nacho Lombo, who captained the flight, said after the landing: “As always, the aircraft was a pleasure to fly. I am confident that its unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities will have a transformational effect on the Spanish Air Force’s air mobility operations as it has done in other countries already.” The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in the coming weeks.