Add to that the fact that any 'MRTT' is never treated as such - it is a tanker that has to be begged for if it is to be used as a transport. Folks comparing Tri* are talking bollocks too, they were supposedly MRTT but in reality we had frames in 3 different configurations.
Plus, MOG restrictions, runway lengths etc mean that you can't always operate your 'airliners' where you would like to.
You mean you cant land an A330 on a Welsh beach** coluor me suprised - I guess perhaps the A400 does bring something to the table voyager doesnt whoda thunk it
**In this context By land i mean to touch down and come to a stop in a controlled safe manner capable of taking off again, rather than landed on the beach and at the following grid references