Airbus has confirmed plans to build a sixth BelugaXL, an increase of one aircraft from the five over-size transport aircraft in its original plans.
Airbus’ BelugaXL over-size transport aircraft has completed its maiden flight as part of its type certification program. The aircraft F-WBXL, took off from Toulouse at about 1030 on Thursday (European time) and was in the air for four hours and 11 minutes, Airbus said in a statement. In the flight deck were Captain Christophe Cail,
It was a case of all smiles at Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters when the first BelugaXL rolled out of the paintshop. The over-size transport aircraft has been painted in a special Beluga whale-inspired livery including whale-inspired eyes and an enthusiastic grin. The first BelugaXL completed final assembly in early January. The aircraft will undergo ground testing