Airbus BELUGA XL received EASA certification after 700 flight hours
BelugaXL has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Another step taken towards entering the operational service. According to the Airbus plan, Beluga XL would start regular flights by the end of this year.
The aircraft plays an important role in the Airbus industrial system. It will help increase aircraft production beyond 2019. BelugaXL can carry 30% more than the BelugaST model. It is 7 meters longer and 1 meters wider than its predecessor.
EASA has certified BelugaXL aircraft
But most importantly, BelugaXL can carry two wings of A350 XWB, the standard reason for developing this cargo aircraft. BelugaST can only carry one, making production difficult. With a maximum transport load of 51 tonnes, BelugaXL has a range of 4.000 km (2200nm).
The aircraft receives its certification after an intense testing campaign. BelugaXL has completed over 200 test flights. It operated over 700 flight hours. In total, 6 aircraft will be built between 2019 and 2023, gradually replacing the current fleet of BelugaST cargo aircraft.
Launched in November 2014, the BelugaXL program was built around the A330-200 model. BelugaXL is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines.
BelugaXL will complete the Airbus carrier fleet. The European aircraft manufacturer prefers to transport most parts by air, especially large components. But Airbus also uses road, rail and maritime transport to move parts between its production sites.
Like BelugaST, the new BelugaXL will operate from 11 bases in Europe, strengthening industrial capabilities and enabling Airbus to meet its commitments.