Airbus Beluga

By | September 9, 2011

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.

Airbus Beluga

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.

Specifications

Measurement A300-600ST
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)
Engines GE CF6-80C2A8
Cargo capacity 47 t
Cargo volume 1,210 cubic metres (43,000 cu ft)
Cockpit crew Two

 

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