Beluga XL upper fuselage shipped to Airbus line

Airbus's A330-based Beluga XL transport is set to receive its initial upper fuselage section following completion of the structure by Stelia Aerospace.

The component's transit to Toulouse involves its being transported, by road, from the Stelia facility to Rochefort port before being loaded on a barge used for A380 section carriage.

It is being taken by barge to Langon before being transferred to road vehicles for transport over the remaining 200km to the Toulouse final assembly line.

The upper fuselage is 8m long and 8m high and weighs 2.1t.

Stelia, which has already handed over the Beluga XL's nose section, says the cargo door for the aircraft – covering some 140m² – will be delivered in September.

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