German A400M makes first foreign flight to Senegal


A German Air Force A400M has flown the type’s first foreign mission in German service, with a non-stop flight between Germany and Senegal.

The flight was carried out as part of operational testing of the A400M. The A400M ferried a mobile water treatment plant to Dakar, Senegal, on March 31, before returning to its base at Wunstorf in Germany. The outward bound leg took seven hours and 15 minutes. The return flight took place on April 1 and carried nine tons of material back to Germany.

The European Air Transport Command said the water treatment plant was donated by the German Armed Forces to Senegal as development aid.

The flight was much faster than the C-160 Transalls usually used for such tasks. These are being replaced by the A400Ms, deliveries of which began in December last year. Germany has 53 on order but 13 will be sold off to other customers.