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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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01 December 2017

A330-300P2F In Flight Rendering

DHL Express has become the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. This delivery, which took place at EFW’s freighter conversion facilities in Dresden, follows the successful completion of test flights in October and awarding of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November. DHL Express has firm orders for eight A330-300P2F units in total, with additional options to receive another 10.

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First A330-300P2F delivered: exterior view Sven Döring / Agentur Focus
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29 November 2017

First A330-300P2F delivered: exterior view

Taking delivery of an A330-300P2F (Passenger-to-Freighter conversion) in December 2017, DHL Express became the first operator in Airbus’ A330-300 freighter conversion programme

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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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A330-300P2F Interior Jan Gutzeit, www.jan-gutzeit.de
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21 September 2017

A330-300P2F Interior

DHL Express has become the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. This delivery, which took place at EFW’s freighter conversion facilities in Dresden, follows the successful completion of test flights in October and awarding of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November. DHL Express has firm orders for eight A330-300P2F units in total, with additional options to receive another 10.

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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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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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Beluga XL_Core airframe integration 5 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
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06 January 2017

Beluga XL_Core airframe integration 5

For the first 12 months of assembly activity, the Beluga XL core airframe will be completed and its mechanical and electrical systems will be fitted at an integration station

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Beluga XL_Core airframe integration 7 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
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06 January 2017

Beluga XL_Core airframe integration 7

A total of five Beluga XL airlifters – which are based on the airframe of Airbus’ versatile A330 – are to be built in total, with service entry planned for 2019

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Beluga XL_Core airframe integration 9 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE Herve - MasterFilms
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06 January 2017

Beluga XL_Core airframe integration 9

Elements of the Beluga XL core airframe are rolled out to Airbus’ L34 hangar for the start of integration

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