Airbus has started fflighttesting the latest variant of its distinctive Beluga airlifter. Mark Broadbent reports on the new aircraft’s features

One of the initial air-to-air studies of the ffirst A330-743L BelugaXL during its July 19, 2018 maiden fflight from Toulouse.
All photos S Ramadier/Airbus unless noted

Airbus’ ive Beluga transport aircraft with their large, horseshoe-shaped cargo holds, are a daily sight in European skies, transporting fuselage sections and wings and other major components between the various Airbus production facilities and inal assembly lines (FALs) across the continent.

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