Fourth Beluga XL will touch down at Hawarden for first time today
The Beluga XL 4 landing for the first time at Hawarden airport this morning October 14 @ChronSallie @ItsYourWales @DeesideDotCom @Airbus #belugaxl #Planes @chestertweetsuk #Aircraft @Robbieclegcfc pic.twitter.com/DhycAkmjZ7
— Welshie (Dale) (@WelshieDale) October 14, 2021
The latest Airbus BelugaXL to be built will land at Hawarden airfield this morning.
BelugaXL 4 is scheduled to land just before 11am, subject to confirmation.
BROUGHTON | Keep your 👀on the skies tomorrow as we look 4⃣ward to welcoming #BelugaXL LJ (#4) to Hawarden Airport for the first time. ETA is currently 10.55am local but always STC. ✈️🐳4⃣ pic.twitter.com/e6iOlbrTjT
— Airbus In The UK (@AirbusintheUK) October 13, 2021
Airbus is building six of the XL transporters which will eventually replace the now 20-year-old Beluga ST fleet.
All six BelugaXL freighters will be operating by the end of 2023.
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 can carry two A350 XWB wings compared to the BelugaST, which can only carry one.
With a maximum payload of 51 tonnes, the BelugaXL has a range of 4,000km (2200nm).
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.
The lowered cockpit, the cargo bay structure and the rear-end and tail were newly developed jointly with partners, giving the aircraft its distinctive look.
BelugaXL first made its debut in Deeside on Valentine’s Day 2019.
[Feature image: BelugaXL 4 making its debut at Airbus Broughton – credit @airbusInTheUK]
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