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Airbus Might Sell Some WhaleJets After All

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ShanwickOceanic (netAirspace FAA) 18 Feb 19, 13:37Post
No, not those, the other ones.

Airbus SE will swell its fleet of Beluga XL wing transporters to six aircraft and is beginning to sound out potential buyers for the original version of the bulbous model.

The Airbus board has agreed to add an extra Beluga -- named for its resemblance to the dome-headed white whale -- to the original specification for five in order to shuttle more parts around Europe as jetliner build rates increase, program chief Bernard George said in an interview.

Airbus wants to offload the original Belugas once it has three of the larger XL planes in service by the end of 2020, and has begun approaching potential new users, George said Thursday at the company’s wing plant in Broughton, Wales, after the first test plane touched down. Those might include specialist operators such as Cargolux and Russian outsize-freight carrier Volga-Dnepr Group.

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/arti ... ite-whales?
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HT-ETNW 18 Feb 19, 13:58Post
Hmm ...
I had the understanding, that the A300ST are getting too old for Airbus to operate them (efficiently), or am I wrong on this ?
While they offer a massive hull, their short range, and their limited freight capacity likely will be negative factors for cargo specialists to consider buying them out of Airbus' hands.
-HT
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JLAmber (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 18 Feb 19, 16:33Post
HT-ETNW wrote:Hmm ...
I had the understanding, that the A300ST are getting too old for Airbus to operate them (efficiently), or am I wrong on this ?
While they offer a massive hull, their short range, and their limited freight capacity likely will be negative factors for cargo specialists to consider buying them out of Airbus' hands.
-HT


I believe there has already been an approach from a builder and operator of competition yachts who were interested in leasing one or two Beluga but who definitely have the financial backing to buy a couple, especially when you consider what they're currently spending contracting in specialist air freight companies *cough*Volga-Dnepr*cough* , who need the boats broken down far more than they would need to be to fit in a Beluga.

Could be interesting, imagine the potential for livery design on the side of a Beluga. You could sell advertising space or give it to Banksy...
A million great ideas...
paul mcallister 21 Feb 19, 21:59Post
There is also the very ugly Beluga XL based on the A330 due to enter service this year.It must be a complete pig in any sort of crosswinds.
 

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