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A380 Not The Only New Airbus?  
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

As you guys know, Airbus uses a small fleet of Belugas (those really wierd looking cargo carriers) to transport components, including wings and fuselage sections.

The A380 will also be assembled from completed parts made in England (the wings), Spain, etc.

The wing and fuselage of the A380 will certainly not fit in the Beluga. Does that mean that Airbus will build a new monster cargo carrier? Based on the A340 frame maybe?

What do you think?

Charles

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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

I think parts of the fuslage fit into the Beluga, but not the wings. As I know, they want to transport the wings on the top of the Belugas.

User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

It would certainly be a huge freighter. I wonder if there would be possible sales potential (and military versions?).

Great for taking lots of footie fans to the World Cup.


User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 687 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1873 times:

This would be interesting.
A Beluga with roof racks!



I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineAerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

I´m sorry not being able to present a source, cause I forgot. Airbus wants to ship the parts, because they do not fit in the Beluga.

Best Regards,

Aerosol


User currently offlineAerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

Found the source its a German magazine called "DER SPIEGEL" issue Nr. 49 04.12.00. I will try to translate the part referring to transportation of A-380 parts:

SPIEGEL: How dou you (Airbus) want transport the big parts? Even your transporter Beluga is to small for that.

Noel Forgeard: The parts will be transported by ship, futher on the river Gironde, afterwards on the street. We rejected the idea, bringing the parts via an air bridge (If somebody has a better idea how to translate "luftbrücke", ideas are welcome).

Hope that helps,

Aerosol



User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

Darn, I was hoping to have something new, even if ugly. Imagine a humpback A340. Yeecchhh!

Charles


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

There was talk at some stage or other of a Beluga style A340. Now that would be one cool airlifter...


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User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

Not on the top of the Belugas. On the top of an A340!!!

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

Hmmm..... in the coming years, if the A380 is popular, do you think Airbus will build another aircraft to carry the parts of that A380???

P.S. I wonder how are they going to transport the parts on road...

Alvin



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User currently offlineN-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1770 times:

I would assume they don't have the parts completely assembled while they're in transit. That just wouldn't make sense- imaging what happens if a truck carrying an A380 wing gets sideswiped into a building...CRUNCH!

BTW- I seem to remember talk of an A330 (may have been 340, I'm not positive) being converted into a Beluga-like form to carry smaller parts of the A380 fuselage...


User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

Truck, sea and canal......that's what they're suggesting at the moment......

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

I thought they wings go together in many prices that fit in the Beluga.
Iain


User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

As LIONE said, they will be carrying the wings on the "roof" of an A340

tg 747-300



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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4229 posts, RR: 37
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

The roof?!? Do you realize just how aerodynamically stable that thing will be? Will there also be a dog hanging its head out the window enjoying the breeze and the brady bunch running around in the back?


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineGyro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

Will the Beluga retire when the A380 freighter comes out? I imagine that the circumference of the A380 will be the same if not larger than the Beluga....
Regards: Sven


User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1700 times:

Nothing is being carried on the back of anything.....surface transport is being used.........

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (14 years 22 hours ago) and read 1690 times:

Why don't they charter an AN124 for this job, or even better, by the time that these parts will be ready for construction and transportation, Antonov should have at least the first 2 AN225 back in operation, couldn;t they just design a mount for the wings so that it fits with the connections designed to carry the BYRAN Shuttle on the back of the Mriya. That would probably be the cheapest system for Airbus, as they could charter a Ukrainian AN225 for very little money, and have a virtually ready transporter for any of their planes, only a few minor adjustments would need to be made to mount the A380's wings to the back of the 225..

Would be a truly European undertaking

Just a Thought



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User currently offlineYfe From Netherlands, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

I think they will because the old Belugas are not longer big enough. They really need a new monster carrier. Maybe they will base it on the A340 or they will build a completly new plane.

User currently offlineOxygen From Hong Kong, joined Sep 1999, 675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (14 years 15 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

I've seen a picture of the wind tunnel testing for carring the wing on top of the A340. They are not going to put the wing directly on top of the A340, they are putting the wing into a small aerodynamic casing (like a streamlined cockcroach) before mounting it on the A340.

User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (14 years 13 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Once again, surface transport is being used.......the wing will not be flown to TLS....

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