Airbus rents out Beluga transporters amid air freight boom

Airbus is capitalising on the explosion in demand for air freight by renting out the big planes it makes use of to transport wings in between its factories.

The BelugaST transporters are 184ft (56 metres) very long, 56ft (17 metres) high and carry a payload of 47 tonnes.

They are based mostly on the bodies of the A300 widebody plane but have drastically expanded cargo area, giving them an ungainly, whale-like appearance.

The freight assistance, Airbus Beluga Transportation, has now flown a helicopter from France to Japan devoid of needing to consider it aside.

The transfer increases the choices for customers seeking to go really massive and/or large objects by air.

The six-engine Ukranian-produced Antonov An-225 and its lesser cousin the An-124 are ready to fly heavier payloads than the Beluga, but the Airbus plane is both equally better and noticeably broader.

The Airbus fleet is getting replaced by an even larger sized aircraft, dubbed the BelugaXL, able of accommodating payloads up to 8 metres vast, leaving five more mature planes with 20 yrs of services daily life remaining.