Photo: Avgeek Mel
The first Airbus BelugaXL touched down on British soil for the first time.
The Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered BelugaXL landed at Hawarden Airport in Broughton, Flintshire, at 15:35 on 14 Feb 2019.
The BelugaXL will undergo series of ground tests at the Hawarden Airport until it departs on Saturday, as part of year-long test programme.
The latest model BelugaXL, the successor to the A300-600ST, is six metres longer and one metre wider than the BelugaST transporter.
The first BelugaXL is expected to enter service in mid-2019 – operating in parallel with the existing five-aircraft A300-600ST fleet, which will be progressively retired through 2025.
— Avgeek Mel (@AvgeekMel) February 14, 2019