1. How beluga linked with A300 and A330
10 things about Beluga Cargo Aircraft : The Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter) or Beluga, is a version of the standard A300-600 wide-body airliner modified to carry aircraft parts and oversized cargo.The Beluga XL, based on the Airbus A330 with similar modifications and dimensions, is being developed by Airbus to replace the type around 2020.
2. The Name Beluga:
It received the official name of Super Transporter early on, however changed the name Beluga, a whale it resembles
3. Beluga completed 24 years.
The first beluga was taken maiden flight on 13th September 1995 and It derived from Airbus A300 version
- 1994 first beluga tested
- Oct 1996 first entry No 1
- April 1996 No 2
- May 1997 No 3
- July 1998 No 4
- Jan 2001 No 5
Since 1994- 2018 Beluga completed 24 years of outsized cargo transport with the Airbus
4. New Beluga XL has smiling livery
This initial BelugaXL is expected to be flying by mid-2018. “The whole team is really looking forward to seeing its first flight and, of course, it’s smiling livery,” said George, referring to the supersized smile that will be painted across the ‘face’ of the transporter, the winning design of six options presented to Airbus employees for a vote in early 2017.
5. The Beluga XL
Beluga XL will be able to carry larger sections of Airbus aircraft between European production sites and to the final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany – including a full wing-set for the A350 XWB’s latest A350-1000 version. It ranges around 4000km. MTOW (maximum take of weight) is 227Tonns
6. The beluga Size:
Main deck cargo volume of the Beluga is greater than that of the C-5 Galaxy or the Antonov An-124
but still smaller than Antonov An-225. Enlarged fuselage “bubble” section that is six metres longer and one metre wider than on the Beluga ST
Read about : First BelugaXL transporter rolls out
7. Difference between Beluga ST and XL
Among the physical differences between the Beluga ST and XL versions is the dorsal fin that connects to the vertical tail plane. St is derived from A300 fuselage and XL is from A330. At six metres longer, one metre wider and with a payload lifting capacity six tonnes greater than the BelugaST transporter version it is replacing
Beluga XL: 18.9m
Beluga XL: 60.3m
Beluga XL: 63.1m
8. Where it flies
It carries the parts from different Production Sites around Europe to the final assembly
Lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany. [read more about beluga (Airbus )]
9. Unit Price:
Current Beluga ST Unit price is around $285 million and Airbus built only 5 aircraft models since from 1994. And Beluga XL would cost more than $335 million. The company has not yet disclosed any price list.
10. Beluga XL replaces Beluga ST.
The initial BelugaXL is expected to be flying by mid-2018 after a sequence of jet engine tests and a paint job. With the first plane rolled out of the way, a second conversion will now begin at the hangar in Toulouse. The Beluga fleet will rise to eight when three XLs will be delivered as the five originals stay in service before being withdrawn from 2021.