Airbus has unveiled the sixth and last BelugaXL high-capacity transporter, an aircraft designed for moving aerostructures between the company’s various manufacturing sites. Officially known as the A330-700L, the BelugaXL is a significantly redesigned version of the A330, devised to supersede the previous A300-600ST Beluga fleet.
Airbus initially operated five Belugas and had plans to produce five BelugaXLs. However, a subsequent decision led to an extension in production, resulting in a total of six aircrafts of this kind. Each of these six aircrafts is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, embodying cutting-edge technology and remarkable power.
The first BelugaXL from Airbus undertook its inaugural flight approximately five years ago, back in July 2018. Created with the primary function of carrying pairs of A350 wings, the BelugaXL finds its roots in the A330.
The introduction of the sixth BelugaXL not only marks a significant milestone in Airbus’s journey but also illustrates the company’s continuous commitment to innovation and efficiency in aerospace technology. The BelugaXL’s primary function is to streamline Airbus’s production, enhancing logistical connectivity across the company’s manufacturing sites and thereby fostering efficiency.