The primary of 5 BelugaXL plane has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France, after efficiently finishing its first flight.
The take a look at flight lasted 4 hours and 11 minutes.
The crew within the cockpit on board this flight comprised captain Christophe Cail, co-pilot Bernardo Saez-Benito Hernandez and test-flight engineer Jean Michel Pin.
In the meantime, monitoring the plane techniques and efficiency in real-time on the flight-test-engineer’s station had been Laurent Lapierre and Philippe Foucault.
Following the primary flight, the BelugaXL will endure some 600 hours of flight take a look at over ten months to realize kind certification and entry into service later in 2019.
The BelugaXL programme was launched in November 2014 to handle Airbus’ transport capability necessities in view of the A350 XWB ramp-up and single-aisle manufacturing fee will increase.
5 plane will likely be constructed between 2019 and 2023 to steadily substitute the 5 BelugaST.
The plane will function from 11 locations as Airbus’ methodology of transporting giant plane parts.
Primarily based on an A330-200 Freighter, the BelugaXL is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines.
The lowered cockpit, the cargo bay construction and the rear-end and tail had been newly developed collectively with suppliers, giving the plane its distinctive look.