Airbus has taken action to address its large-scale delivery abilities with the approval to construct five new Beluga aircraft.
The manufacturer already operates five Belugas, which are based on their A300-600 aircraft. However, the new examples will be based upon the A330 and are specifically designed to aid in the new A350XWB production line, delivering parts between Airbus plants across Europe.
The first of the five new Belugas will enter in service in mid-2019. The existing Beluga fleet will operate in parallel, and will be progressively retired through to 2025.