The ceremony was presided by the Defence Minister, Mª Dolores de Cospedal and the Air Force’s Chief of Staff, Francisco Javier García Arnaiz.
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño designed and carried out the technical production of the event that included a light show projected on the new military transport aircraft purchased by the Air Force.
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) was responsible for the design and technical production of the handover ceremony of the first Airbus Defence and Space A400M transport plane to Spain’s Ministry of Defence. The ceremony was presided by the Defence Minister, Mª Dolores de Cospedal, and by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Francisco Javier García Arnaiz.
The handover ceremony, which took place in Seville on 1st December, is a very important milestone for the sector, as it was the first time that this military plane type is part of the Spanish Air Force.
To celebrate this institutional event, APD designed and carried out the production of the stage set, directed the audio-visual production, the way finding elements, lighting and sound, and the audio-visual equipment.
At the opening, a video was screened featuring images of the workers of the different Airbus factories in Europe involved in the construction, to highlight the European nature of the project. The act also included a light show projected on the freighter itself that simulated its flight.
The A400M handover ceremony took place in one of the hangars that Airbus has in Seville with the presence of 300 guests, among them important representatives of the institutional and business scene such as the President of the Andalusian Parliament, Juan Pablo Durán; the Government’s delegate in Andalucía, Antonio Sanz; the Mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas, and the president of Airbus España, Fernando Alonso.
Following the official handover, the A400M was transferred to the Zaragoza Air Base, to join the rest of the fleet.
174 aircrafts commissioned
It is expected that the following units of this model that Spain has commissioned will be handed over successively in 2017 (four), 2018 (five), 2019 (five) and 2020, 2021 and 2022, where four units per year will be delivered. In addition, Airbus has already handed over the first A400M units to France, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia and deliveries are expected to Belgium and Luxembourg. In total, between the seven partners of the programme and Malaysia, Airbus Defence and Space has received a total of 174 orders for this model, the largest it manufactures.
Carbon neutral event
In accordance with ACCIONA’s full commitment to sustainability in all its activities, the show was carbon neutral; that is, the CO2 emissions linked to the event were calculated and will be compensated with a clean energy project, to make the final balance equal to zero.