MABALACAT, Philippines — A special cargo aircraft of Airbus known as the "Beluga", made a historic landing at Clark International Airport on Thursday evening for a scheduled technical stop.
Under the flight code "4Y-8008," the cargo aircraft embarked from Da Nang Airport in Vietnam around 5 p.m. (Hanoi), arriving at Mabalacat at 8 p.m. (Manila).
This noteworthy occasion marks the first-ever Airbus "Beluga" landing in the Philippines.
The Airbus A300-608ST, fondly nicknamed the "Beluga" due to its resemblance to the lovable Arctic mammal, is a unique and eye-catching freighter aircraft specially designed to transport oversized cargo for Airbus' assembly lines across Europe.
The Beluga was exclusively used by Airbus to transport aircraft parts between its various manufacturing plants, ensuring a smooth production process for the company's commercial jets.