The Airbus BelugaXL oversize cargo aircraft is now undergoing ground tests before its first flight, planned to happen this summer. Read about ground vibration testing of the BelugaXL in an article from William Kucinski, content editor in SAE International’s Aerospace Products Group.
Airbus is building its BelugaXL, started in Nov. 2014, to address the transport and ramp-up capacity requirements for Airbus beyond 2019. The new, oversize air transporters are based on the A330-200 Freighter, with a large re-use of existing components and equipment.
The first of five BelugaXLs are slated to fly in summer 2018 and enter into service in 2019.