10 Facts about Airbus Beluga A300-600ST

#1. The “Beluga’s” primary task is to carry Airbus components ready for final assembly across Europe between Toulouse, Hamburg and nine other sites, and they do so 60 times per week.

#2. The Beluga fleet is owned by Airbus Transport International (ATI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Group.

#3. The A300-600ST’s freight compartment is 7.4 m (24 ft) in diameter and 37.7 m (124 ft) long; maximum payload is 47 tonnes.

#4. The Beluga XL is intended primarily for A350 work, and is designed with capacity to ship two A350 wings simultaneously.

#5. The vertical stabilizer uses a modified Airbus A340 fin with a 1.12 m (3 ft 8 in) base extension while the tailplane was strengthened and fitted with auxiliary fins to maintain directional stability.

#6. The General Electric CF6-80C2 turbofan engines used are slightly uprated from those used on the standard A300 as well.

#7. The cockpit of the Beluga is pressurized but the cargo deck is not, making it inaccessible during flight and unsuitable for cargoes that require a pressurized environment, such as live animals.

#8. Amongst the early customers chartering Beluga flights was Boeing.

#9. In June 1997, a world record was set for the most voluminous payload to be carried by an aircraft when a Beluga was used to transport a chemical tank for a merchant vessel from Clermont-Ferrand to Le Havre, France.

#10. The main deck cargo volume of the Beluga is greater than that of the C-5 Galaxy or the Antonov An-124 but still smaller than Antonov An-225.

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