SomebodyInTLS wrote:Slug71 wrote:I wonder why Airbus didn't use the A350's curved cockpit windows? Is there no aero benefit to them(which would seem odd)? I know a number of years ago, they were significantly more expensive. But today?
And just how do you expect to stick A350 windows into an A330 cockpit structure?!?
While I admittedly know nothing when it comes to these things, It doesn't seem like a major change. But as scbriml pointed out, it probably doesn't fall on the right side of the cost/benefit factor.
ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:hilram wrote:Forgive me if this has already been answered earlier in the thread: Will the old Belugas be retired as the new Beluga XLs are coming in, or will they be kept going in parallell?
I believe the plan is to use them in parallel to help with the increased production demand for a while.
Though according to this the original Belugas will be retired around 2025. http://www.aircargonews.net/news/airlin ... -2019.html
So who knows, there might be a second lot of Beluga XLs depending on demand.
I don't think more than 5 can be operated due to restrictions in the Type Certificate, as previously mentioned.