Airbus boosts Beluga transporter programme
Airbus has decided to "future proof" the company's internal transport network by adding a sixth next-generation BelugaXL airlifter to the fleet. This expansion should ensure the capacity provided by BelugaXLs – highly modified A330 jetliners tailored to carry large airframe components within the Airbus aircraft production network – can accommodate a range of potential future scenarios.
With the first BelugaXL entering service later this year, the proven Beluga STs are far from being written off. These original oversized cargo transporters could continue flying for another ten to 20 years.
"We know that companies have the need for super transporters…so selling them is an option," said Philippe Sabo, head of the Airbus Transport International subsidiary that operates the five-aircraft fleet.
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