Airbus is creating a new airline using its Beluga 'Super Transporter' fleet to carry oversized cargo

Jan. 27, 2022
The aircraft will fly outsized freight, like satellites, helicopters, and military equipment, for contract customers, Taylor Rains reports for Business Insider.

TOULOUSE, France - After decades of flying large aircraft sections for the in-house assembly of Airbus planes, the BelugaST 'Super Transporter' is getting a second life hauling "outsized freight" for contract customers, Taylor Rains reports for Business Insider.

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The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

27 Jan. 2022 -The new service - Airbus Beluga Transport - will provide commercially-contracted customers in a variety of sectors, including space, energy, military, aeronautic, maritime and humanitarian sectors, with a solution to their large cargo transport needs.

The first mission took place at the end of 2021 with a delivery from Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing site in Marignane, France, to Kobe in Japan for an undisclosed customer. Beluga #3 stopped to refuel at Warsaw (Poland), Novosibirsk (Russia) and Seoul (Korea).

Once Airbus has commissioned all six new BelugaXLs, the fully-released Beluga fleet will be handed over to a newly-created, subsidiary airline with its own Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and staff.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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