(26 Jan 2022)
Airbus has launched a brand new air cargo service
utilizing its distinctive fleet of BelugaST plane.
The brand new service, Airbus Beluga Transport, will
present commercially-contracted prospects with an answer to their
outsized freight transportation wants.
The primary mission happened on the finish of 2021
with a supply from Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing web site in
Marignane, France, to Kobe in Japan for an undisclosed buyer.
Beluga #3 stopped to refuel at Warsaw (Poland), Novosibirsk
(Russia) and Seoul (Korea).
Airbus has launched a brand new air cargo service – Airbus Beluga Transport
Phillippe Sabo, Head of ATI and Air Oversize
Transport at Airbus, mentioned, “The Beluga’s wider cross-section will
open up new markets and new logistical potentialities for
prospects. Within the case of loading helicopters – not having to
dismantle them first – actually is a plus. Equally, the biggest
industrial plane engines may be accommodated in a fully-dressed
Primarily based on the A300-600 design, the five-strong
BelugaST fleet, which has till now been the spine of Airbus’
inter-site transportation of huge plane sections, are being
changed by six new-generation BelugaXLs to help Airbus’
ramp-up of its airliner manufacturing.
The brand new Airbus Beluga Transport service can cater
for a large number of attainable market functions for the reason that planes
possess the world’s largest inside cross-section of any
transport plane, accommodating outsized cargo of as much as 7.1m in
width and 6.7m in top.
Within the close to future, as soon as Airbus has commissioned
all six new BelugaXLs, the fully-released BelugaST fleet will likely be
handed over to a newly-created, subsidiary airline with its personal
Air Operator Certificates (AOC) and employees.
Philippe Sabo added,
“The brand new airline will likely be versatile and agile to handle the wants
of exterior worldwide markets.”
To maximise the BelugaST’s turnaround functionality
for its focused worldwide buyer base, new loading
strategies and tools are being developed for the operation.
These options embrace an automatic On-Board Cargo Loader (OBCL)
for missions the place a loading/unloading platform just isn’t accessible
on the origin or vacation spot airport.