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PICTURES: BelugaXL carries out maiden flight

Airbus has conducted the maiden flight of the BelugaXL high-capacity transport, from its base in Toulouse.

It departed on the initial test sortie on 19 July, Airbus states.

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The aircraft – also known as the A330-700L – is the successor to the A300-600ST, which the airframer’s logistics arm uses to move large aerostructures to its assembly plants.

Airbus is developing five of the Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered BelugaXLs to provide increased payload capability, particularly to support A350 production ramp-up.

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