Airbus has rolled out the first structurally complete airframe for its new BelugaXL transporter from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France. The BelugaXL, based on the A330-200, will eventually take over the duties of the current BelugaST (Super Transporter) fleet in moving large structural sections, such as wings, between Airbus’s factories in Europe. The existing BelugaST is based on the earlier A300-600 aircraft. This initial BelugaXL is expected to be flying by mid-2018. Prior ...

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