Airbus' first BelugaXL took off from Blagnac in Toulouse, France
on Thursday, for its
maiden flight over south-western France.
The aircraft is the first
of five BelugaXL that are scheduled to enter service in 2019 and
gradually replace the BelugaST transporters.
The crew in the
cockpit on board the maiden flight comprised: Captain Christophe Cail,
Co-Pilot Bernardo Saez-Benito Hernandez and Test-Flight Engineer
Jean Michel Pin. Meanwhile, monitoring the aircraft systems and
performance in real-time at the flight-test-engineer’s (FTE)
station were Laurent Lapierre and Philippe Foucault.
BelugaXL was launched in November 2014 to address the transport
and ramp-up capacity requirements for Airbus beyond 2019.
oversize air transporters are based on the A330-200 Freighter,
with a large re-use of existing components and equipment.
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