Posted: Mon 9th Apr 2018

Airbus rolls out its new BelugaXL with engines installed ready for summer testing

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Apr 9th, 2018

Two Rolls-Royce engines have now been fitted to the first BelugaXL.

Airbus posted a picture of the new high-capacity transporter on Twitter with its twin Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines installed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flight tests for the first of the five BelugaXL’s to be built will begin this summer. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The planes will be able to carry two A350 wings from Broughton to Airbus assembly lines in Europe, the current Beluga can only carry one. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The second BelugaXL is currently undergoing conversion work from its A330 base. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The two BelugaXLs will be delivered to Airbus logistics operator ATI next year, with all five scheduled to be in service in 2022. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Airbus is aiming to have all five on the new XLs in service by mid-2022. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

As part of the parallel planning for the new BelugaXL the runway surface at Broughton is set to be replaced, the turning pad will be extended and apron lights changed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The line stations – where wings are loaded onto the transporter will also be adapted to accommodate the new transporter which will carry wings from Broughton to Germany and Spain. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Picture: Airbus/Twitter ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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