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A WHALE AIRCRAFT

Airbus started the flights of its new cargo aircraft, the Beluga XL, based on the A330-200. Built with the purpose of transporting components of the aircrafts of the European manufacturer itself, the model of more robust dimensions will substitute the current A300-600 Super Transporter fleet.

The new aircraft stands out for its huge cargo area. With over 2,200 cubic meters, 45 meters of total useful length, and 8.8 meters diameter. As a comparison, the fuselage of the A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft, has a diameter of 7.15 meters. With this, the model reveals itself as the largest special cargo aircraft of the present time, also exceeding the Antonov 225, which has smaller cubic content.

Transport capacity is up to 53 tons (slightly lower than that

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