Alessandro
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New Beluga?

Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:01 pm

So could you use a damaged A346 and build a new Beluga out of it?
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RE: New Beluga?

Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:18 pm

Why would they bother? The A346 isn't even certified as full freighter yet. It will cost a lot to certify it, the extra length isn't needed for outside parts cargo, it's usually the bulk/height. They can better use some 2nd hand A-300s if they need a few more Beluga's, or use the A-330 as platform for a few new Beluga's.
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RE: New Beluga?

Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:23 pm

So if they decide to fly parts of A380 (especially if the -900 becomes reality) instead of the ship/truck solution, then I see use for the A346.
Certification cost is of course part of the problem, as the design cost.
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RE: New Beluga?

Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:35 pm



Quoting Alessandro (Thread starter):
So could you use a damaged A346 and build a new Beluga out of it?

Plans did exist for an A340-based "Beluga-style" large cargo carrier.
 
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RE: New Beluga?

Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:45 pm

It wouldn't surprise me if a new one was constructed - the A300 based variants are going to need replacement one day.


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RE: New Beluga?

Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:53 pm

Stitch do you remember which size,-600 is a bit larger than the -300...
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RE: New Beluga?

Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:45 am



Quoting Alessandro (Reply 5):
Stitch do you remember which size,-600 is a bit larger than the -300...

Almost positive it was based on the A340-300. Not sure an A340-600 is structurally sound for such a conversion, to be honest, due to the length of the frame, which already requires additional bracing in her passenger role. Even the A340-300 would be longer then the A300ST so it should be plenty.

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