Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 8227 times:
With the low backlog of the A340-600 (only 20 airplanes) would Airbus agree to build a Beluga of the 75.3 meter long aircraft if asked?
The An-225 is 84 meters long and can carry 50 tonnes on its back, but I a bigger cargo hold could be possible I guess in the A340-600HGW?
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 8222 times:
Hardly based on the A340-600HGW since the decision of how the A380 parts transport was decided already before that. A380-800 is shorter than the A340600HGW and the line is busy
something which the A340-600 isn´t with a backlog of 20 aircrafts.
Rheinwaldner From Switzerland, joined Jan 2008, 2425 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 8057 times:
IMO quite easy because all modules for a A346 Beluga exist. The A300 Beluga is built upon the same cross section that the A346 has. Thus you could take a A300 Beluga, apply the A346 wingbox, wings, gear, engines and stretch it as much as desired. The maximum length would be equal to the A346 but maybe the length of the A345 would be enough (and offer more payload).
The point for another Beluga would be a larger cross section, not additional payload or cargo bay length. IIRC the A346 Beluga would have featured an upper fuselage with a diameter of something like 11m!