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Beluga

Featuring one of the most voluminous cargo holds of any civil or military aircraft flying today, the Airbus Beluga offers a unique way to transport oversized air cargo. Also known as A300-600ST Super Transporter, the company’s five existing Belugas play a key role in keeping its production and assembly network operating at full capacity, with the fleet’s overall pace of operations – managed by the Airbus Transport International (ATI) subsidiary – growing to support production ramp-ups.

Key figures

  Range - nm - km
  Max payload - lb X1000 - tonnes
Beluga Wing span Wing span 147 ft 2 in 44.84 m
Beluga Overall length Overall length 184 ft 3 in 56.15 m
Beluga Height Height 56 ft 7 in 17.24 m

Dimensions

Overall length 184 ft 3 in 56.15 m
Cabin length 123 ft 8 in 37.7 m
Fuselage width 24 ft 0 in 7.31 m
Max cabin width 17 ft 4 in 5.28 m
Wing span (geometric) 147 ft 2 in 44.84 m
Height 56 ft 7 in 17.24 m
Track 25 ft 0 in 11.05 m
Wheelbase 36 ft 25 in 11.05 m

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Capacity

Max payload - lb X1000 - tonnes
Pallets or containers
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Performance

Range - nm - km
Mmo M-
Max ramp weight - () lb x 1000 - () tonnes
Max take-off weight 341 (713) lb x 1000 155 () tonnes
Max landing weight 308.6 () lb x 1000 140 () tonnes
Max zero fuel weight 294 (314) lb x 1000 133.5 () tonnes
Max fuel capacity 6.303 USG 23 860 litres

Engines

CF6-80C2 x2 CF6-80C2
Thrust range 26.752 lb slst 120 kN

Airlifter extraordinaire

Featuring one of the most voluminous cargo holds of any civil or military aircraft flying today, the Airbus Beluga offers a unique way to transport oversized air cargo.

Also known as A300-600ST Super Transporter, the company’s five existing Beluga airlifters play a key role in keeping its production and assembly network operating at full capacity – with the fleet’s overall pace of operations growing to support production ramp-ups. Airbus’ oversize air transport capabilities will be further reinforced by a new generation of A330 Family-based Beluga aircraft, the BelugaXL, which was launched in November 2014. 

With more than 20 years of reliable service, the Beluga carries complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany. The five-aircraft fleet of A300-600ST Belugas – operated by the Airbus Transport International (ATI) subsidiary – transports fuselage sections, wings and tails for Airbus’ single-aisle A320 and widebody A330 families, along with parts for the A350 XWB. 

ATI ensures a high level of customer satisfaction with loading, unloading, and delivery designed to be fast, safe, flexible, and reliable – as demonstrated by over two decades of successful operations throughout the world.

Expanding capabilities

To support the A350 XWB ramp-up and other production rate increases, Airbus is expanding its existing A300-600ST fleet with the development and production of five new BelugaXL aircraft, derived from the company’s versatile A330 widebody product line. 

In addition to the significant use of existing components and equipment, Airbus’ new A330-based Beluga will incorporate newly-developed elements including its lowered cockpit, cargo bay structure, and rear and tail section. 

The first A330-based BelugaXL aircraft is planned to enter service in mid-2019 – operating in parallel with the existing five-aircraft A300-600ST fleet, which is to be progressively retired through 2025.


Speed and efficiently

Beluga combines outsized cargo-carrying capability with the speed and efficiency of Airbus’s A300-600 airliner. It enables short transport times for production, and the large main cargo deck minimizes the need for payload breakdown, crating and packaging.

The semi-automated main deck cargo loading system ensures easy and efficient handling of payloads, controlled by the trained crews of Airbus Transport International – which operates the five-aircraft Beluga fleet.

Flight deck

The Beluga retains the same modern flight deck that is in worldwide operation on Airbus A300-600s and A310s. 

It is operated by a three-member crew comprising two pilots and a loadmaster. The main instrument panel incorporates six cathode ray tube (CRT) displays that continuously provide flight, navigation and systems-monitoring information in a clear, comprehensive manner. 

Also included in the cockpit are controls for a transportable heating module that can be installed in the main deck cargo compartment. The module provides temperature-controlled conditions for sensitive payloads carried by the Beluga, including satellites and paintings.

Charter operations

The interactive map above highlights the optimised range of this modern Airbus jetliner. To determine the aircraft’s range from a specific location, simply drag the cursor to any city or region. The area covered in blue will represent all possible destinations within its typical range.

Note: The range areas above illustrate the aircraft's nominal range.