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An Airbus A330-700 BelugaXL freighter. (Photo: Julien.jeany [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])

Europe Issues Type Certification to Airbus BelugaXL

Airbus announced on Wednesday that its BelugaXL airlifter was issued a type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification for the oversize aircraft follows a rigorous battery of flight-testing with the aircraft flying over 700 hours during the course of more than 200 flight tests. Airbus currently operates a fleet of five BelugaST super transporters, also known as the A300-600ST. Operated by Airbus Transport International, these aircraft have a key role in keeping Airbus' production and assembly…