A new large delivery plane designed for Airbus has been put into service,media reported. The three-storey Beluga XL is understood to have been designed to replace Airbus’s existing cargo aircraft, which will increase the company’s cargo capacity by 30 per cent. One of the most interesting things about this cargo plane is that it looks like a giant whale.
The Beluga XL was first launched in July 2018, but this was only the first of 200 test flights, the beginning of a 700-hour flight time. In November 2019, the aircraft was certified type by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
It is understood that the Beluga XL is 63 meters long and 8 meters wide, with the world’s largest cross-section of cargo aircraft. It can carry 51 tons of cargo into the air, with a maximum payload of 4,000 kilometers.
The Beluga XL is based on the Airbus A330-200 transport aircraft and is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. The first of these Beluga XL (six) aircraft made its first flight on 9 January. The aircraft will work with their predecessor, Beluga SL, until they are eliminated in 2025.