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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Military Airbus Phase

OXFORD, England -- Airbus will start the industrial phase of its A400M military transport project by March 2001 when orders are received from the seven states that placed specifications for the aircraft, its builders said.

Adolfo Revuelta, program chief at the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. NV. said the first planes, costing 85 million euros ($79 million) each, should be delivered in 2007 with France, Britain and Turkey being first served.

The total amount of orders now expected is for 220 planes worth 20 billion euros.

Orders now expected include 75 for Germany, 50 for France, 27 for Spain, 26 for Turkey, 25 for Britain, 10 for Italy and seven for Belgium, said Revuelta.

Only Britain, France and Germany have confirmed their orders.