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BelugaST

BelugaST

For outsized cargo transport

Featuring one of the most voluminous cargo holds of any civil or military aircraft flying today, the Airbus BelugaST offers a unique way to transport oversized air cargo. Also known as A300-600ST Super Transporter, the company’s five existing Belugas play a key role in keeping its production and assembly network operating at full capacity, with the fleet’s overall pace of operations – managed by the Airbus Transport International (ATI) subsidiary – growing to support production ramp-ups.

The BelugaST’s maiden flight took place in September, 1994 and was awarded certification from the airworthiness authority in October 1995.

In 2020, Airbus began phasing in its fleet of six new-generation BelugaXL versions – which will operate in parallel with the five in-service A300-600STs before replacing them completely.

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Key figures BelugaST

Key figures BelugaST
  • Overall length 56.16 m 184 ft 3 in
  • Height 17.22 m 56 ft 6 in
  • Wing span 44.84 m 147 ft 2 in
Dimensions
Overall length 56.16 m
Height 17.25 m
Wing span 44.84 m
Fuselage width 7.7 m
Loadable volume length 39.1 m
Loadable cross-section max height 7.1 m
Loadable cross-section max width 7.1 m
Performance
Max payload* 47 tonnes
Max range* 1,650 km
Max take-off weight
155 tonnes
Max landing weight
140 tonnes
Max zero fuel weight
133.8 tonnes
Max fuel capacity (density = 0.803) 23,860 litres
Dimensions
Overall length 184 ft 3 in
Height 56 ft 7 in
Wing span 147 ft 2 in
Loadable volume length 128 ft 3 in
Loadable cross-section max width 23 ft 3 in
Loadable cross-section max height 23 ft 3 in
Loadable cross-section max width 23 ft 3 in
Performance
Max payload* 103,617 lb
Max range* 892 nm
Max Take-Off Weight 341,716 lb
Max landing weight 308,647 lb
Max zero fuel weight 294,978 lb
Max fuel capacity (density = 0.803) 78,484 lb

(* ) Aircraft weights and capabilities shown are the highest values. Ranges shown are at max payload.

Airlifter extraordinaire

With more than 20 years of reliable service, the BelugaST airlifts complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany. The five-aircraft fleet of A300-600ST Belugas – operated by the Airbus Transport International (ATI) subsidiary – carries major components (fuselage sections, wings and tails) for Airbus’ single-aisle A320 Family, widebody A330 and A350 families and A400M.

ATI ensures a high level of customer satisfaction with loading, unloading, and delivery designed to be fast, safe, flexible, and reliable – as demonstrated by over two decades of successful operations throughout the world.

The BelugaST also is used for special worldwide operations for other Airbus payloads such as helicopters, satellite components or complete satellites.

Speed and efficiency

The semi-automated main deck cargo loading system ensures easy and efficient handling of payloads, controlled by the trained crews of Airbus Transport International – which operates the five-aircraft BelugaST fleet.

Flight deck

The BelugaST retains the same flight deck that is in worldwide operation on Airbus A300-600s and A310s. 

It is flown by two pilots. The main instrument panel incorporates six cathode ray tube (CRT) displays that continuously provide flight, navigation and systems-monitoring information in a clear, comprehensive manner. 

Also included in the cockpit are controls for a transportable heating module that can be installed in the main deck cargo compartment. The module provides temperature-controlled conditions for sensitive payloads carried by the BelugaST, including satellites – and even paintings. 

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France 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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France 02 June 2014

Airbus Beluga - Patrouille de France 3

The Airbus Beluga’s milestone formation flight with the French Air Force “Patrouille de France” aerobatic demonstration team took place in France one day before the Muret-based Airexpo air show

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France 02 June 2014

Airbus Beluga - Patrouille de France 1

Airbus’ Beluga transporter aircraft performed a memorable formation flight with the French Air Force’s “Patrouille de France” aerobatic demonstration team on 30 May 2014

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Germany 17 June 2014

Airbus Beglua loading hangar

Six new loading hangars dedicated to Airbus' Beluga cargo carriers – the first of which opened May 2014 in Hamburg, Germany – will help these freighters increase their flight hour totals to support the company's latest production rate increases

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Fuselage 15 September 2014

Airbus Beluga – Fuselage close-up 3

In service since 1996, the Beluga combines outsized cargo-carrying capability with the jet speed and efficiency of Airbus’ A300-600 airliner

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France 15 September 2014

Airbus Beluga

The five-aircraft Beluga fleet services a network comprised of 11 stations located in France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Turkey

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Front 15 September 2014

Airbus Beluga – No. 1 aircraft on ground

AM SPS BELUGA MSN14.23-07-2013. FOTO JAVIER DIAZ

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France 12 September 2014

Airbus’ fleet of Beluga aircraft

Airbus operates a fleet of five Beluga cargo airlifters, which together perform more than sixty flights each week to transport components for the company’s jetliners between 11 sites in Europe

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BelugaXL Entry to service in Getafe    
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First BelugaXL delivered to ATI – Side view    
First BelugaXL delivered to ATI – Rear view    
First BelugaXL delivered to ATI – On ground    
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Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight – BelugaXL lands    
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Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight with Patrouille De France    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight with Patrouille De France aerobatic team    
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Airbus 50th anniversary – Patrouille De France aerobatic team joins formation flight    
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Highlights of the BelugaXL first flight      
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