THE fourth BelugaXL took off to the skies for the first time this week.

The giant aircraft performed its maiden test flight in Toulouse.

Airbus is progressively introducing a fleet of six BelugaXLs, operated by ATI, contributing to the transformation of the industrial system and the ability to increase production in the future.

Part of their role will be transporting wings made in Broughton to mainland Europe and America.

No date set yet for XL4's first visit to Broughton.