June 17, 2024


Imagination at work

Airbus rents out Beluga transporters amid air freight boom

Airbus is capitalising on the explosion in desire for air freight by renting out the massive planes it works by using to transport wings between its factories.

The BelugaST transporters are 184ft (56 metres) lengthy, 56ft (17 metres) higher and have a payload of 47 tonnes.

They are dependent on the bodies of the A300 widebody plane but have considerably expanded cargo house, offering them an ungainly, whale-like appearance.

The freight support, Airbus Beluga Transport, has presently flown a helicopter from France to Japan with out needing to choose it aside.

The transfer improves the choices for prospects seeking to transfer pretty big and/or significant objects by air.

The six-motor Ukranian-produced Antonov An-225 and its more compact cousin the An-124 are capable to fly heavier payloads than the Beluga, but the Airbus airplane is equally bigger and noticeably broader.

The Airbus fleet is being replaced by an even bigger aircraft, dubbed the BelugaXL, capable of accommodating payloads up to 8 metres extensive, leaving 5 more mature planes with 20 a long time of company lifetime remaining.