EASA has awarded type certification to the Airbus BelugaXL, the latest generation of custom-built freighters used by the European manufacturer to transport major components between its factories. Certification will allow Airbus to start operations with the new aircraft in early 2020. The BelugaXL provides 30% extra transport capacity than its BelugaST predecessor, having a cargo hold 7 m (23 ft.) longer and 1 m wider. The XL is based on the Airbus A330-200 freighter, whereas the ST was ...

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