Airbus Beluga XL

ICAO aircraft code A3ST
Manufacturer Airbus
Country France
New price USD 197.94 million (2017)

The Airbus BelugaXL (A330-743L) is a large transport aircraft based on the Airbus A330-200 Freighter airliner, built by Airbus to replace the original Airbus Beluga in the movement of oversized aircraft components like wings.

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Airbus Beluga XL specifications

General

ICAO aircraft code
A3ST
Manufacturer
Airbus
Manufactured
2016 - Present
Country
France
New purchase price
USD 197.94 million (2017)

Aircraft performance

Engine:
2x Rolls-Royce Trent 700
Turbofan
Power:
71,000 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
398 Kts
737 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
137 Kts
Travel range:
2,300 Nm
4,260 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
35,000 feet
Rate of Climb:

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
227,000 Kg
500,444 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
187,000 Kg
412,260 lbs
Max Payload:
50,500 Kg
111,332 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
19,320 gallon
73,134 liter
Baggage Volume:
2209 m3 / 78,010 ft3

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About the Airbus Beluga XL

The Airbus BelugaXL (A330-743L) is a large transport aircraft based on the Airbus A330-200 Freighter airliner, built by Airbus to replace the original Airbus Beluga in the movement of oversized aircraft components like wings. The aircraft made its first flight on 19 July 2018, and received its type certification on 13 November 2019. The BelugaXL entered service with Airbus Transport on 9 January 2020.

When Airbus discovered transporting aircraft parts by land was a cumbersome and slow process, they built an oversize airplane and named it after an Arctic whale. The Beluga XL is Airbus’s latest iteration of their successful oversize freight aircraft. Based on the existing A330-200F design, it is one of the largest airplanes ever built, with a cargo volume of 2,209 cubic meters – the world’s largest.

The Beluga XL can take two A350 XWB wings, one more than the original Beluga. The first Beluga XL began operating in 2020, and Airbus plans to build six Beluga XL airplanes, with the last one entering service by 2023.

Fun fact: the Airbus Beluga XL airplane is larger than two blue whales, the largest mammal in the world.

The Beluga XL is one of the largest aircraft ever made.

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