Airbus Beluga XL, the first flight in Q3 2018
Airbus Beluga XL takes shape at the final assembly line in Toulouse. The assembly process started on 12 April 2017, with the first parts arriving at the Airbus base.
Airbus Beluga XL is the name of the new cargo plane dedicated to special Airbus flights. It is built on the Airbus A330-200 commercial aircraft platform.
First flight in Q3 2018
According to new information issued by Airbus, the first Airbus Beluga XL will operate the first flight in the 3 quarter of 2018. Currently, the aircraft is taking shape at the Airbus base in Toulouse. The assembly takes place at the L34 final assembly line.
Airbus has announced that the electrical and mechanical systems have been installed. These will be started at the end of 2017, followed by Q1 2018 on the ground tests. Prior to entering the operational service, Beluga XL will undergo certification tests, which will take approximately 10 months.
Airbus Beluga XL
The new Airbus cargo fleet will include 5 Beluga XL aircraft. The first will enter operational service in 2019. They will gradually replace the current Beluga ST, which were built around the A300 aircraft.
With the introduction of the first Beluga XL in commercial service, the production of Airbus A350 XWB aircraft will be able to increase. The new Airbus transport aircraft, which will be used only for internal service, will be able to transport the wings of the new A350 XWB.