Airbus creates a new airline using its Beluga ‘Super Transporter’ fleet to carry oversized cargo


Toulouse, France – After decades of flying large sections of aircraft for in-house assembly of Airbus aircraft, the BelugaST “Super Transporter” is enjoying a second life hauling “oversized cargo” for contract customers, reports Taylor Rains for Business Intern.

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Jan 27, 2022 –The new service – Airbus Beluga Transport – will provide commercial contract customers in a variety of sectors, including space, energy, military, aeronautics, maritime and humanitarian sectors, with a solution to their major cargo transportation needs.

The first mission took place at the end of 2021 with a delivery from the Airbus Helicopters manufacturing site in Marignane, France, to Kobe in Japan for an undisclosed customer. The Beluga #3 stopped to refuel in Warsaw (Poland), Novosibirsk (Russia) and Seoul (Korea).

Once Airbus puts the six new BelugaXLs into service, the fully liberated Beluga fleet will be handed over to a newly created airline subsidiary with its own air operator certificate (AOC) and staff.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Smart Aerospace


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