Airbus Beluga is a version of the standard A300-600 wide-body airliner modified to carry aircraft parts and over-sized or awkward cargo. It was officially called the Super Transporter at first, but the name Beluga became popular and has now been officially adopted.
The Beluga (also known as the A300-600ST Super Transporter) was developed to carry complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse or Hamburg. Its main-deck cargo volume is greater than the C5 Galaxy, the An-124 or the C-17 airlifters.
The five-aircraft fleet of Belugas is operated by Airbus Transport International (ATI). In addition to serving the internal transportation needs of Airbus, ATI offers Belugas on a charter basis to third parties. ATI ensures a high level of customer satisfaction with loading, unloading, and delivery designed to be fast, safe, flexible, and reliable – as demonstrated by years of successful operations throughout the world.
|Length||56.15 metres (184 ft 3 in)|
|Span||44.84 metres (147 ft 1 in)|
|Height||17.24 metres (56 ft 7 in)|
|Wing area||258.80 square metres (2,785.7 sq ft)|
|Fuselage diameter||3.95 metres (13.0 ft)
7.1 metres (23 ft 4 in) in cargo compartment
|Weight empty||86 t|
|Maximum take-off weight||155 t|
|Range (40 ton payload)||2,779 kilometres (1,501 nmi)|
|Range (26 ton payload)||4,632 kilometres (2,501 nmi)|
|Cargo capacity||47 t|
|Cargo volume||1,210 cubic metres (43,000 cu ft)|