The BelugaXL fleet will include a sixth aircraft, Airbus announced today.
As the production of BelugaXL aircraft continues to advance as planned, Airbus has decided to “future proof” the company’s internal transportation network by adding another next-generation airlifter to the overall fleet.
This expansion from the originally-targeted number of five airlifters to a new total of six will ensure the capacity provided by BelugaXLs.
The highly modified A330 jetliner, BelugaXL was tailored to carry large airframe components within the Airbus aircraft production network. The XL can accommodate a range of potential future scenarios.
“Years from now, we could see situations such as further rate increases for our jetliners or may encounter one of the airlifters being grounded, which would make this ‘extra’ sixth aircraft an essential part of our transport network,” explained Bertrand George, head of the BelugaXL programme at Airbus.