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Airbus announced that already the third BelugaXL has rolled out of the paint-shop in Toulouse. The first operational flight of the giant took place on 9 January, 2020.
The BelugaXL was awarded Type Certification by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November 2019, following an intensive flight test campaign that saw the BelugaXL complete more than 200 flight tests, clocking over 700 flight hours.
As for now, this is the third BelugaXL out of six which saw the light of day.
— Airbus (@Airbus) June 11, 2020
At 63 metres long and 8 metres wide, the BelugaXL has the largest cargo bay cross-section of all existing cargo aircraft worldwide.
The BelugaXL is based on an A330-200 Freighter, enabling the re-use of existing components and equipment, and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.