#techthatmatters

This is the Beluga Whale-Inspired Plane By Airbus and It’s Powered by Two Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines

This is the Beluga Whale-Inspired Plane By Airbus and It’s Powered by Two Rolls-Royce Aircraft Engines

This is the most adorable plane by Airbus, the Beluga XL. It’s a massive transport aircraft based on the Airbus A330 airliner that’s powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 aircraft engines. The smiley aircraft entered full-time service with Airbus Transport on January 9, 2020, to provide Airbus with 30% extra transport capacity.

Unfortunately, the Airbus Beluga XL isn’t for passengers, which is especially disappointing for children – and rightfully so! Instead, it has been designed to transport aircraft components. At a whopping 206-foot-long, and 26-foot-wide, (or “as long as two blue whales put together”) the BelugaXL has the largest cargo bay cross-section of all existing cargo aircraft worldwide.



According to Airbus, the BelugaXL can carry two A350 XWB wings compared to the Beluga ST, which can only carry one. It has a maximum payload of 51 tons (“or 7 fully grown elephants”). The Airbus Beluga XL will operate from 11 destinations in Europe.

We respect your privacy.