Beluga XL is the successor to the Beluga or Airbus A300-600ST, has a convex hull shape that resembles a whale beluga.
One of the world’s most anticipated Airbus Beluga XL aircraft in the shape of a beluga whale was put into operation and has already completed its first full-time flight, Belta reports.
Beluga XL is the successor to the Beluga, or Airbus A300-600ST. The aircraft has a convex hull shape that resembles a beluga whale. In addition, the developers added a smiling face to the new model aircraft. The fancy design was chosen by Airbus staff by voting.
Due to its appearance, the aircraft received the nickname “flying whale.” The plane is a cargo.
According to representatives of the aircraft manufacturing company, it will play an important role in the construction of passenger liners, transport aircraft components between European production sites and final assembly lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and Tianjin.
Airbus engineers upgraded the cargo compartment in Beluga XL and lowered the take-off deck.
The aircraft also became 6 m longer and 1 m wider than its predecessor.