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Topic Reading-Vol.2843-1/23/2020

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2020/01/23 Topic Reading-Vol.2843-1/23/2020

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Airbus Beluga XL enters service at long last

You might have flown on the Airbus A330, a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus. The long-haul version can fly as long as over 13,000 kilometers and carry as many as over 300 passengers or 70 tons of cargo. There is another version of this popular aircraft for a different purpose.

Airbus produces body parts and assembles them in various places in Europe and China. They need to transport huge assembled parts like engines, wings, and fuselages from those assembling factories to the final assembling sites. Since Airbus is a manufacturer of airplanes, it is more convenient, also the only way, to transport those massive body parts by airplanes. But what sort of cargo plane does the job?

Here, the super-transporter cargo plane Airbus A330-743L Beluga-XL, nicknamed the flying whale because of the resemblance to the Arctic mammal. The super-jumbo carrier is 63 meters long, 60 meters wide, and 18.9 meters high, and weighs 127 tones by itself. It can carry payload up to 50 tones and 2,200in size for 4,300 kilometers and longer with a lesser payload. It is Airbus’s workhorse or work-whale. Indeed, the cargo plane has cute eyes on its body.

Enjoy seeing the video of this gigantic work-whale of Airbus.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/airbus-beluga-xl-enters-service/index.html

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