Airbus will increase Beluga XL fleet from 5 to 6 and sell the retiring five A300-600ST (Super Transporter) or Beluga,
According to program chief Bernard George, the Airbus board has agreed to add an extra Beluga XL and offload the original Belugas once it has three of the larger BelugaXL planes in service by the end of 2020.
Larger version of Baluga is the Airbus Beluga XL (Airbus A330-743L), has just completed a key round of testing at Hawarden Airport in Wales, U.K.
The XL’s bubble fuselage is six meters longer and one meter wider than the original, meaning its cross-section is a whopping 8.8 meters diameter., big enough to carry both wings for its A350 wide-body, rather than its predecessor’s one.
The low-slung cockpit as in the original version avoid the need to disconnect electrical, hydraulic, and flight control systems every time cargo is loaded and unloaded.
The potential buyers for those retiring belugas include specialist operators such as Cargolux and Russian outsize-freight carrier Volga-Dnepr Group.