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One of Airbus’ five existing Beluga ST versions – used to carry complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites and to the final assembly lines in Europe – takes to the skies; the Beluga ST will be replaced by the new BelugaXL version, which conducted its maiden flight on 19 July 2018

The BelugaXL airlifter is put through its paces

#BelugaXL #XLsmile

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.

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

First BelugaXL successfully completes maiden flight

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Photo gallery

Airbus Commercial Aircraft formation flight – Airbus 50-year anniversary    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation Flight - BelugaXL landing    
Airbus 50th Years Anniversary - Formation Flight - Patrouille De France Ambiance    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight – BelugaXL lands    
Airbus 50th Years Anniversary - Formation Flight Air To Air With Patrouille De France    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Patrouille De France joins formation flight    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight with Patrouille De France    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation Flight - BelugaXL taking off    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight with Patrouille De France aerobatic team    
Airbus 50th anniversary – Patrouille De France aerobatic team joins formation flight    
Airbus 50th anniversary – Family formation flight with Patrouille De France    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation Flight - Taxiing    
Airbus Commercial Aircraft formation flight – Airbus 50th Years Anniversary    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight - Taxi    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation Flight – In line    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight - BelugaXL crew in cockpit    
Airbus Commercial Aircraft formation flight – Airbus 50th Years Anniversary    
Vol en formation - 50ème anniversaire d'Airbus    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight - BelugaXL boarding    
Airbus 50th Years Anniversary - Formation Flight - Aerial view    
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BelugaXL Infographic    

BelugaXL by the numbers

 

Video Gallery

Airbus Commercial Aircraft formation flight – 50-year anniversary      
Airbus Commercial Aircraft formation flight – 50-year celebration      
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      
The year in review: Airbus' 2015 highlights adjusted      
The no. 1 BelugaXL oversize cargo airlifter received its distinctive livery at the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France

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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

How Belugas support Airbus aircraft production

Airbus hiring campaign took centre stage at the ILA Berlin Air show today as Beluga aircraft joined the static display line, carrying the company’s employment message on its oversized fuselage.

The in-service Beluga ST fleet

Learn about Airbus’ current-generation airlifter

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