In order to assist with the ramp-up of the A350 and other production rate increases, Airbus unveiled the BelugaXL as a new super transporter in late 2014. By the end of 2023, six BelugaXLs – developed from the company’s adaptable A330 widebody aircraft – will replace the present BelugaST fleet. The five-strong BelugaST fleet, which now services 11 destinations across Europe, will gradually be replaced by the BelugaXL.
In comparison to its BelugaST predecessor, the BelugaXL is seven meters longer and one meter wider, offering 30% more transit capacity. For instance, a BelugaXL can hold two A350 aircraft wings while a BelugaST can only hold one. The BelugaXL has a 4,000-kilometer range and a 51-ton maximum payload.
Similar to the BelugaST, BelugaXLs are equipped with cargo loading systems for quick and efficient payload handling, which are operated by Airbus Transport International personnel (ATI). Due to improved system efficiency, the BelugaXL’s turn-around time (TAT) is around one hour, which is more than half that of a BelugaST.
Two pilots fly the BelugaXL in a brand-new A330 cockpit equipped with the most recent systems and technology developed for earlier programs, ensuring technological leadership and advantages.
Let’s take a look at this amazing aircraft in the video below:
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