Atlas was the guy in Greek mythology that was literally carrying the world/planet in his shoulders. But was does "M" mean? Military? That's a guess, though...

  • $\begingroup$ That’s a good guess $\endgroup$
    – Antzi
    Oct 5, 2018 at 16:36
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    $\begingroup$ I've never seen any mention of a specific meaning in EADS documentation, but as it's marketed exclusively (afaik) to military operators that's likely a correct assumption. $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Oct 11, 2019 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ @jwenting indeed, only military operators to my knowledge too! $\endgroup$
    – gsamaras
    Oct 11, 2019 at 15:10

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Without the M, people would simply confuse the military cargo plane with the civil airliners that Airbus builds (e.g. A320, A380, etc).

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    $\begingroup$ I thought of that as well. But I was hoping to find a reference. $\endgroup$
    – gsamaras
    Oct 5, 2018 at 20:38

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