The aircraft of the European manufacturer is part of the new generation of special freighters.
On January 4, the first Beluga XL aircraft fully assembled left its hangar in the city of Toulouse, France.
The Beluga is still being manufactured by Airbus and belongs to the new generation of special cargo aircraft, which will be used to transport aircraft fuselages to the final assembly lines in Germany, France and Spain.
In the month of July, we advanced in our article the manufacturing process of the huge Beluga XL, which in the next months will go to the ground testing stage prior to its first flight, stipulated in the next European summer. It will enter service in the year 2019.
The Airbus Beluga XL will not replace the traditional Beluga, which will continue to meet demand for the next five years.
The Beluga XL is based on the design of the Airbus A330-200, with an extended roof that allows the transport of huge loads between the different Airbus centers distributed throughout Europe. This aircraft has a capacity 30% greater than the previous Belugas, which allows it to transport for example 2 wings of an A350 XWB aircraft instead of just one.
Airbus will build about five Beluga XL in total, which will go into service one per year.