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The BelugaXL airlifter is put through its paces

The BelugaXL airlifter is put through its paces

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Airbus’ no. 2 BelugaXL oversize airlifter takes to the skies for the first time, commencing its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport – which is adjacent to the company’s headquarters in southwestern France

The next-generation BelugaXL oversize airlifter, a highly-modified version of Airbus’ proven A330 freighter variant, will enter service in 2019 transporting complete aircraft sections across the company’s European production network.  

Keep up with key programme milestones as Airbus manages its BelugaXL through a rigorous certification campaign – which began in July 2018 with the no. 1 aircraft’s maiden flight – and creates a six-aircraft fleet that will succeed the five A300-based Beluga ST airlifters currently in service.

The latest milestone was marked 15 April 2019 with first flight of the second BelugaXL aircraft. Additional achievements are highlighted on Airbus’ YouTube channel.

Latest news

Airbus’ internal transport network takes an “X-tra” step with the BelugaXL

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Lächeln! BelugaXL arrives at Airbus’ Bremen site for the first time

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The BelugaXL airlifter brings a “smile” to Airbus’ production network

First BelugaXL successfully completes maiden flight

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First BelugaXL becomes airborne for its maiden flight

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Photo gallery

Maiden flight of Airbus’ no. 2 BelugaXL – flight crew and workers    
Flight crew celebrates maiden flight of no. 2 BelugaXL    
Airbus’ second BelugaXL takes off on maiden flight    
First take-off of Airbus’ second BelugaXL    
Airbus’ no. 2 BelugaXL takes off on maiden flight    
Maiden flight of Airbus’ second BelugaXL – Taxiing    
Airbus’ no. 2 BelugaXL and the Beluga ST    
Maiden flight of Airbus’ second BelugaXL – Crew    
No. 2 BelugaXL with first flight crew member    
Airbus’ initial two BelugaXL airlifters    
Initial two BelugaXL airlifters    
First two BelugaXL airlifters    
Airbus’ first two BelugaXL airlifters    
Initial two Airbus BelugaXL airlifters    
Initial two Airbus BelugaXL airlifters    
First two Airbus BelugaXL airlifters    
Airbus’ second Beluga receives its livery    
Paint shop rollout for Airbus’ second BelugaXL    
Second BelugaXL rolls out from paint shop    
BelugaXL first flight with set of A350 XWB wings    
BELUGAXL-INFOGRAPHIC    
BELUGAXL-INFOGRAPHIC    
BelugaXL Infographic    

BelugaXL by the numbers

 

Video Gallery

BelugaXL makes first flight loaded with two aircraft wings      
Highlights of the BelugaXL first flight      
Highlights of the BelugaXL first flight      
In the making: Airbus’ first BelugaXL      
BelugaXL by the numbers      
BelugaXL first flight teaser final checks      
Coming soon… BelugaXL      
Airbus’ first BelugaXL is “all smiles”      
BelugaXL ground vibration test      
First BelugaXL has its cargo door installed      
BelugaXL - FAL starts      
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