Monday, December 21, 2015
Airbus Beluga XL Production Begins
Airbus launched the Beluga XL in November 2014 to address transport capacity requirements for the A350 XWB ramp up and other aircraft production rate increases. The aircraft is based on the A330-200 freighter with heavy re-use of existing components and equipment, powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. The fleet of five Beluga XL aircraft will provide Airbus with a 30 percent increase in transport capacity.