Airbus' ‘beluga whale’ takes flight for the first time

10:26 AM ET Thu, 19 July 2018

Airbus’ BelugaXL made its first flight on Thursday, circling the skies over southwest France. The super-transporter is one of the largest aircraft in existence, six meters longer and one meter wider than its predecessor, the BelugaST transporter. The flight, which took-off from Blagnac in Toulouse, signified the start of a 10-month testing period before the plane can start flying commercially.