New Airbus transport aircraft BelugaXL sports whale’s grin

- A Monitor Report 30 Jun, 2018  |    -      +
Toulouse : The Airbus BelugaXL, a massive transport plane, made a presentation on June 28, its nose cone making it look like a whale. Airbus employees, 20,000 of them, voted on one of six looks and the whale face that matches its name won.

After ground tests, the oversized aircraft is to make its first flight later this summer and enter service in 2019.

A whale of a transport aircraft will be flying high later this summer sporting the grin of a Beluga whale.

The BelugaXL will now undertake ground tests before its first flight planned in summer 2018.

After ground tests, the oversized aircraft is to make its first flight later this summer and enter service in 2019.

The decision to build the BelugaXL was taken in November 2014 to address the transport and ramp-up capacity requirements for Airbus beyond 2019. The new oversize air transporters are based on the A330-200 Freighter, with a large re-use of existing components and equipments. The first of five BelugaXLs will fly in summer 2018 and enter into service in 2019.

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