Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2019
The European Aviation Safety Safety Agency has granted the Beluga XL its type certification which will pave way for entry-into-service by early 2020.
Foe the Airbus’s industrial system the aircraft is an integral part and a key enabler for production ramp-up requirements beyond 2019.
There will be extra 30 per cent transport capacity in Beluga XL as it is seven metres longer and one metre wider than its Beluga ST predecessor.
The Beluga XL can easily carry two A359 XWB wings and has the largest cargo bay cross-section of all existing cargo aircraft worldwide.
The BelugaST can carry only one.
BelugaXL has a range of 4,000 kilometres having a maximum payload of 51 tonnes.
After an intensive flight test campaign the saw Beluga XL completing more than 200 flight tests and checking over 700 flight hours the airfcraft could get its stamp of approval.
Between 2019 and 2023 in total six aircraft will be built that will replace the current fleet of Beluga ST transporters.
In November 2014 the Beluga Xl was launched and is based on an A 330-200 freighter with large re-use of existing components and equipment.
The BelugaXL is powered by the Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines.
The aircraft got a distinctive look due to the lowered cockpit, the cargo bay structure and the rear-end and tail were newly developed with partners.
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