but that’s exactly what the A400M has found itself doing, its become the RAF’s Fedex box shifter, a job a Voyager could have done better if we’d had the sense to fit the cargo door and updated floor - See the old Tristars.
A400M is a very expensive way to haul cardboard boxes. at least with MRTT’s, (aka A330 freighters), they could have been leased out to FedEx/DHL delivering Amazon packages to make a few Bob.
Sorry about that!
I don’t know enough about how we are using it to comment, but I do think it is a bit niche for us to support 3 heavy lifters.
The same way it was mentioned the Atlas had to take more trips but got the job done, similarly a C-17 could base closer and the C-130 do the multiple trips.
I don’t see the need for it.