OCCAR News 17. November 2014 A400M enters service with the UK The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force has been delivered by OCCAR-EA to the UK on Monday 17th November, marking a key milestone for the A400M Programme. 01. March 2014 First airdrop campaign for A400M The A400M has successfully completed its first test airdrop campaign. This campaign took place in France over Fonsorbes (Midi-Pyrenees), using aircraft MSN004 (Manufacturer Serial Number 004). 06. March 2013 First production A400M makes maiden flight The first production A400M new generation airlifter made its maiden flight on 6 March 2013, marking a key milestone towards its delivery to the French Air Force.