The Airbus A330-700/Beluga XL
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The A330-700(Beluga XL)
The Airbus Beluga XL (Airbus A330-743L) is a large transport aircraft based off of the A330 and is set to enter service 2019. The Beluga XL is the successor to the original Airbus A300-600ST(Super Transporter) Beluga based off of the Airbus A300. The Beluga XL was developed to help Airbus keep up with the demand for a320s, a330s, and a350s.
Capacity: 53 t (117,000 lb) payload
Length: 63.1 m (207 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 60.3 m (197 ft 10 in)
Height: 18.9 m (62 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 361.6 m2 (3,892 sq ft)
Aspect ratio: 10.1
Max takeoff weight: 227,000 kg (500,449 lb)
Maximum landing weight: 187 t (412,000 lb)
Maximum zero fuel weight: 178 t (392,000 lb)
Empty weight: 125 t (276,000 lb)
Fuselage diameter: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Cargo hold: 2,615 m3 (92,300 cu ft) volume
Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Trent 700 turbofan, 316 kN (71,000 lbf) thrust each
Range: 4,074 km; 2,532 mi (2,200 nmi) at max payload
I don’t know why, but this, in my opinion, is looks much better than the original Beluga. I would love to see a new addition to our cargo fleet and the Beluga XL is the perfect answer. Besides, who doesn’t like that big smile!
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