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Airbus A340 Super Transporter concepts

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Airbus A340 Super Transporter (ST) concepts. Super Beluga? Mega Transporter?

The Airbus A300-600ST Super Transporter, or Beluga, has a cargo bay diameter of 24 feet. An Airbus A340-based Super Transporter would have a cargo bay diameter of 32 feet.

The A340-300STE could fly 5,200 nm with 53.5 tons of payload. The A340-600F-S, based on the A340-600, could carry 118 tons with a range of 3,000 nm.

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http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/3627164/
http://www.allaboutguppys.com/beluga/600stf.htm
 

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Thanks, Dannydale. Actually your "beastie" is the one at the top of the profiles comparison above, the A300-600ST Super Transporter, or Beluga, which COULD inspire the as-yet unbuilt A340 derivative.
 

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The existing Beluga is impressive enough (espescially when it takes off over my parents house) an A340 derivative would be something to see, the dog would really go ape shit if that behemoth started visiting Broughton.

If you've never seen it, the beluga has quite a unique sound (in my opinion at least), very low frequency and doesn't seem to be engine related, you can feel it as much as hear it. so I guess it's to do with the amount of air the fuseelage has to push out of the way?
 

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A330-200 eyed as Beluga successor
Rising output across Airbus product range drives airframer to consider options for next iteration of oversize transport
Airbus has tentatively identified an A330-200 derivative as the most promising long-term candidate to replace its five A300-600ST Beluga oversize transports. The airframer has already embarked on a programme to restructure its A300-600ST operations to cope with the demands of ramped-up production during the next four or five years. This programme, designated Fly 10,000, is intended to increase the flight work performed by the transport fleet to 10,000h per year in 2017, from the current level of about 6,000h. Airbus says it is changing “ways of working, opening hours and organisation” to meet this demand, which would double the number of weekly flights to about 120. The greater Beluga workload will primarily arise from a surge in A350 output. However, Airbus will also require capacity for the A400M military airlifter, which will partly offset a decline in A330 production, while A320 and A320neo rates are set to remain high. Airbus recently indicated to Flightglobal that the A300-600ST fleet would probably remain in service for another 10 years or so. But while the fleet stay in use until about 2025, the cost of operating the type will increase as the aircraft age. The airframer has initiated a study to replace the A300-600ST fleet in the long term. “No decision for immediate launch has been taken,” it stresses. But to address any capacity limitations beyond the Fly 10,000 scheme, as well as the ageing of the current Beluga fleet, Airbus is likely to aim for 2018-2020 as a window to have a new aircraft available. Several airframes are being considered as a platform for a Beluga successor, notably the A330-200 and -300, as well as the A340-500 and even the A300-600. While the current Beluga fleet is carrying A350-900 sections, the size of the A350-1000 central fuselage assembly will determine the final cross-section for the freight hold of the new transport. The A300-600ST has a hold diameter of about 23ft (7.1m). As well as the requirement for high payload capabilities, airfield landing limitations at its UK wing facility in Broughton will also determine the eventual choice of base airframe. Airbus believes an A330-200 variant – tentatively designated the A330-200XL – could potentially cope with the landing criteria at projected weights of about 135t, and is the most promising option.
David Kaminski-Morrow, London, Flight International, 19-25 February 2013, page 9


Source: David Kaminski-Morrow - A330-200 eyed as Beluga successor - Flight International, 19-25 February 2013, page 9
 

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Could the next Beluga be made big enough to carry chunks of the A380, eliminating the land-based convoys ?
 

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No what-ifs in this forum section please. I'll move to a more suitable location later.
 

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shame they didn't converted an A340-600. that would have made one hell of a Beluga - XXXXXL
 

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