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09 January 2018

No. 2 BelugaXL 1

The No. 2 BelugaXL super transporter is taking shape at the same assembly hangar at Airbus’ Toulouse-area industrial complex as the nearly complete No. 1 BelugaXL

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09 January 2018

No. 2 BelugaXL 2

Once complete, a fleet of five Airbus BelugaXLs – including this No. 2 super transporter now in the build-up phase – will be used to transport completed sections of Airbus aircraft among the company’s European production sites

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09 January 2018

Structurally complete No. 1 BelugaXL 3

Longer and wider than the BelugaST it is replacing, Airbus’ BelugaXL super transporter required several modifications – including a specially-designed tail section – to ensure stability in flight

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09 January 2018

Structurally complete No. 1 BelugaXL 1

The No. 1 BelugaXL, the first structurally complete new super transporter by Airbus, is seen behind the No. 2 BelugaXL undergoing its own integration process in an assembly hangar at Airbus’ industrial site in Toulouse, France

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09 January 2018

Structurally complete No. 1 BelugaXL 4

The structurally complete No. 1 Airbus BelugaXL super transporter is seen outside the assembly hangar in Toulouse, France where the No. 2 BelugaXL also is being built

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09 January 2018

Structurally complete No. 1 BelugaXL 6

The first structurally complete Airbus BelugaXL super transporter will have its two jet engines installed and undergo months of tests ahead of its first flight in 2018

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09 January 2018

Structurally complete No. 1 BelugaXL 2

One of five super transporters that Airbus will build, the first BelugaXL is structurally complete and ready for testing after installation of its two jet engines

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09 January 2018

Structurally complete No. 1 BelugaXL 5

Seen outside its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France, the No. 1 Airbus BelugaXL – the first in a fleet of five – is one of the most voluminous aircraft in existence, able to transport both wings of the A350 XWB jetliner at once

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09 October 2017

First BelugaXL is readied for electrical power-up

The first of five Airbus BelugaXL super transporters is well advanced in the build-up process, shown here being readied for its electrical power-up milestone.

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09 October 2017

The front main deck cargo door is delivered for Airbus’ first BelugaXL

Delivery of the front main deck cargo door will enable its integration on the no. 1 BelugaXL super transporter aircraft, which is being assembled at Toulouse-Blagnac in southwestern France.

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09 October 2017

Transfer of first BelugaXL’s main deck cargo door

The front main deck cargo door for the no. 1 Airbus BelugaXL super transporter is transferred for its integration process.

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09 October 2017

Assembly of the first BelugaXL is continuing for its maiden flight next summer

The no. 1 Airbus BelugaXL super transporter is well advanced in the build-up process at Toulouse-Blagnac in southwestern France, which is home to Airbus’ primary industrial facility.

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06 October 2017

BelugaXL VTP Fitting

First BelugaXL takes shape in Toulouse

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12 June 2017

BelugaXL WP50 Fitting

As soon as it arrives in the Toulouse, France the installation of the fully-equipped nose section – designed, assembled and equipped by Stelia Aerospace – started in the final assembly line

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07 June 2017

BelugaXL Nose Fuselage Fitting

As soon as it arrives in Toulouse, France the installation of the fully-equipped nose section – designed, assembled and equipped by Stelia Aerospace – started in the final assembly line

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07 June 2017

BelugaXL Nose Fuselage Fitting2

As soon as it arrives in Toulouse, France the installation of the fully-equipped nose section – designed, assembled and equipped by Stelia Aerospace – started in the final assembly line

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06 June 2017

BelugaXL_Nose section delivery 2

A milestone was reached in the first BelugaXL oversize cargo airlifter's production process with delivery of its fully-equipped nose section – designed, assembled and equipped by Stelia Aerospace – to the Toulouse, France final assembly line, airlifted by a BelugaST aircraft

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06 June 2017

BelugaXL_Nose section delivery 1

The fully-equipped nose section of the first BelugaXL oversized cargo airlifter – designed, assembled and equipped by Stelia Aerospace – was delivered to the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, France by a BelugaST aircraft

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02 May 2017

Airbus Beluga - Patrouille de France 4

The Beluga transporter aircraft, which flew in formation with the French Air Force “Patrouille de France” aerobatic demonstration team on 30 May 2014, plays a vital role in ensuring the ramp-up of several Airbus programmes

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28 April 2017

BelugaXL_Livery design 3

When the first BelugaXL next-generation oversize cargo airlifter takes to the skies in 2019, it will sport a special “Smiling BelugaXL” livery replete with beluga whale-inspired eyes and an ear-to-ear grin voted on by Airbus employees

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28 April 2017

BelugaXL_Livery design 4

With a graphic design voted on by Airbus employees, the BelugaXL oversize cargo airlifter will live up to its whale-inspired name when it takes to the skies in 2019

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28 April 2017

BelugaXL_Livery design 2

With cockpit windows integrated into the graphic design, flight crews on Airbus’ new BelugaXL will be right at the centre of the oversize cargo airlifter’s giant smile

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25 April 2017

BelugaXL_Livery design

The BelugaXL’s special livery design – including beluga whale-inspired eyes and a happy grin – was voted on by Airbus employees

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BelugaXL_First large sections 1 Frédéric Lancelot - Master Fil
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12 April 2017

BelugaXL_First large sections 1

The first large sections of Airbus’ next-generation transport aircraft – the BelugaXL – are transported to the final assembly facility in Toulouse, France

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