Airbus BelugaXL enters service. The BelugaXL will provide a 30% extra transport capacity in support of Airbus production ramp-up of commercial aircraft programs.
The “Whale” made its first operational flight on January 9th. This is the first of six BelugaXL, the additional XLs will be in introduced between 2020 and 2023.
This aircraft was launched in November 2014 and was awarded Type Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November 2019. To date the BelugaXL completed more than 200 flight tests, and has racked up over 700 flight hours.
The BelugaXL is based on the A330-200 Freighter and can carry two A350 XWB wings. Its maximum payload is 51 tonnes, and has a range of 4,000km (2200nm).
The BelugaXL is the latest addition to Airbus’ transportation portfolio and will operate 11 destination in Europe.
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