Airbus Introduces Beluga Cargo Fleet Written 26 January 2022


An Airbus BelugaXL taxis after completing its first flight at Toulouse-Blagnac airport, in Toulouse, France, Thursday, 19 July 2018. | Associated Press-©

Aviation International News reports that Airbus “is launching its own cargo airline operation to capitalize on rising air freight demand and the ability of its Beluga transporters to carry super-sized loads.” By 2024, “the new Airbus Beluga Transport service will use five of the A300-600-based BelugaST widebodies for ad hoc charters carrying large, heavy items for industries including, aerospace, energy, and maritime, as well as conducting military and humanitarian missions.” Airbus Beluga Transport conducted its first charter flight in December, “flying an unspecified large rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing plant at Marignane in the south of France to an undisclosed customer in Kobe, Japan.”
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