Jetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2373 times:
There are no plans at present to make any more Belugas. All of the belugas are used every day to ferry parts to the various Airbus assembly halls. Number 5 is white and is used for charter freight operations once in a while. All are based on the A300-600 airframe. Can't tell you why they are painted differently, or how much they are. Here in Hamburg we get 2-3 flights per day.
Hope that helps a bit.
NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3035 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2081 times:
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FedEx wouldnt want A300-600STs, simply because the Max Payload Weight is LOWER than the standard A300-600F, therefore weight would max out long before bulk would be filled for any normal cargo/package ops.
Demand for outsize cargo is limited, and alot of people are saying the market is oversaturated as it is (between Airbus charters and AN-124s). Would airbus build some if someone wanted them? probably, but the cost is prohibitive.
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