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Beluga Jumbo Transport Plane to Boost Airbus's Output Capacity

  • New duck-nosed transporter to come into service in 2019
  • Airbus is spending $1.1 billion for five new transports

Airbus Group SE’s commercial planemaking division has completed the design of a new super transport that will carry 30 percent more capacity as the company seeks speedier shipments of aircraft wings and other parts to final assembly lines.

Airbus in November announced plans to build five new transport planes, similar to its current dome-headed Beluga fleet, but larger and based on its still-in-production A330-200 freighter, instead of the out-of-production A300 that inspired the original Beluga. The planemaker has fixed upon a design after about nine months of collaboration between 600 engineers, the program head said.