Tag: BelugaXL

First BelugaXL Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute The first of five BelugaXL aircraft to fly has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France local time after successfully completing its first flight lasting four hours and 11 minutes. The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Captain Christophe Cail, Co-Pilot Bernardo Saez-Benito Hernandez and Test-Flight Engineer Jean Michel Pin. Meanwhile, monitoring the aircraft systems […]

Airbus BelugaXL Rolls Out of Paintshop

Reading Time: 1 minute The first BelugaXL has rolled out of the paintshop unveiling a special livery making it look like a Beluga Whale. The livery was one of six choices submitted to Airbus employees through a poll where 20,000 people participated. With 40% votes in favour, the smiley livery won. The BelugaXL will now undertake gound tests before […]

Airbus BelugaXL Passes Ground Vibration Test

Reading Time: 1 minute The first BelugaXL has passed the Ground Vibration Test (GVT), a requirement for certification of the aircraft that paves the way towards its maiden flight in summer 2018. The objective of this test is to measure the dynamic behaviour of the aircraft and confirm theoretical models of various flight conditions, such as manoeuvring, flying in […]

First BelugaXL Transporter Rolls off Assembly Line

Reading Time: 2 minutes The first structurally complete airframe for the new BelugaXL rolled out from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France this month. Once operational, a fleet of these next-generation airlifters will be used to transport completed sections of Airbus aircraft among the company’s European production sites and to its final assembly lines in France, Germany and Spain. […]

Airbus Employees Put a Smile On The BelugaXL’s “Face”

Reading Time: 2 minutes Smile, it’s often said, and the world smiles with you. If true, the world will soon find itself grinning ear to ear, but it still won’t match the BelugaXL’s supersized expression of joy. With the first of five next-generation oversize cargo airlifters slated to enter service in 2019, Airbus asked its employees to select how […]

Airbus BelugaXL Hits The Road In Toulouse

Reading Time: 2 minutes The first large sections of Airbus’ next generation new transport aircraft, the BelugaXL, have arrived at the aircraft Final Assembly facility (L34) in Toulouse. Following a five night long road convoy from Aernnova’s factory in Berantevilla, north eastern Spain, the panels (two laterals, one central) are required to complete the rear section of the BelugaXL. […]