After five years of development, including a year and a half of flight-test campaign, on November 13 the BelugaXL has obtained the certification of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), required to operate.
This week has been held in Toulouse the official delivery of the first aircraft to ATI (Airbus Transport international), the organization of the European manufacturer that will operate the service from the beginning of 2020 onwards.
Our colleagues Isabel Ruiz, responsible for Calculation; Luis Ureña, from Design and Product Definition of the BelugaXL program; Agustín Salaberría, director of Engineering and Product Definition; and Javier Campo, responsible for the BelugaXL Program, have participated in it, representing Aciturri as a supplier of various structures of the aircraft.
Our company is currently responsible for the development of the ventral fin of the aircraft, one of our main aerostructures fairing programs, and the HTP box extension and auxiliary fins.
Since the beginning of our participation in the program in 2015, the areas of product definition, process engineering, metallic manufacturing, composites manufacturing, tooling engineering, assembly and certification have maintained a high level of concurrence not only at the level of specialization, but in all that concerns the transfer between plants and with suppliers.
The first aircraft that will now enter service corresponds to the second manufactured unit, within the six planned so far. Aciturri has already successfully completed three of these deliveries, and the fourth one is scheduled for March 2020.