An Airbus A330-700 BelugaXL freighter. (Photo: Julien.jeany [CC BY-SA 4.0 (])

The Whales in the Sky

Today, when you board a newly-built commercial aircraft like the A350 or B787, you are stepping onto an unprecedented global feat of engineering. There aren’t many other endeavors on such a grand scale and scope that draws upon the world’s engineers and manufacturers like a commercial aircraft does.  Building a large commercial passenger aircraft is a global enterprise. An overwhelming number of the Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner main sections are built outside of the U.S. The fuselage is built in Japan…