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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.

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First BelugaXL successfully completes maiden flight

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First BelugaXL becomes airborne for its maiden flight

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Photo gallery

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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    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation Flight - BelugaXL taking off    
Airbus 50th anniversary – Patrouille De France aerobatic team joins formation flight    
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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    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation flight - BelugaXL boarding    
Airbus Commercial Aircraft formation flight – Airbus 50th Years Anniversary    
Airbus 50th Years Anniversary - Formation Flight - Aerial view    
Airbus 50th anniversary - Formation Flight - Aerial view    
Maiden flight of Airbus’ no. 2 BelugaXL – flight crew and workers    
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BelugaXL Infographic    

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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      
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