With an Airbus test crew aboard, the BelugaXL completes its maiden flight on 19 July 2018. Performed from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France, it marks the start of this next-generation oversize airlifter’s flight test and certification campaign. A fleet of BelugaXLs will replace the current BelugaST versions, which are used to transport completed aircraft sections…
The no. 1 BelugaXL advances through its assembly process in an accelerated video clip from Airbus’ industrial facilities in the Toulouse, France region. Derived from the A330 jetliner, this airlifter is scheduled to enter service in mid-2019, carrying complete sections of Airbus aircraft from European production sites to the final assembly lines in France and…
To support the A350 XWB ramp-up and other production rate increases, Airbus is expanding its existing A300-600ST fleet with the development and production of five new BelugaXL aircraft, derived from the company’s versatile A330 widebody product line. The BelugaXL incorporates newly-developed elements including its lowered cockpit, cargo bay structure, and rear and tail section.