The world’s most weirdest and cutest plane, Airbus’ newest airplane that regular passengers won’t be able to fly on is now flying full-time in Europe.
The world’s most weirdest and cutest plane popularly known as Beluga XL cargo plane just entered operational service and it’s now transporting Airbus cargo, following months of test flights.
The Beluga is a cargo plane designed to transport major sections of Airbus planes to its assembly plants in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany from suppliers around Europe.
It flies pieces as large as the middle and rear fuselage of an Airbus A320 airliner or the wing of an A350 widebody. Airbus also uses a fleet of barges and trucks to move components around Europe.
The world’s most weirdest and cutest plane,’The BelugaXL’ will take over for the current generation A300-600ST Beluga that has been in service for two decades. Since it’s based on the Airbus A330-200F freighter, the BelugaXL is larger, with greater cargo capacity, and is expected to deliver superior performance than its predecessor.
The Beluga derives its name from the whale to which it bears a striking resemblance. In fact, the new BelugaXL which is the world’s most weirdest and cutest plane is even painted to look like the animal.
According to Airbus, it decided to build the BelugaXL in November 2014 as a response to the greater transport and capacity requirements the company expects in the years beyond 2019.
Here’s a closer look at the Airbus Beluga and BelugaXL.