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A Whale of a Livery

Photo: Airbus employees voted for this stunning livery for the company’s first BelugaXL.  (Photo Airbus)


The first BelugaXL, F-WBXL (c/n 1824) has been rolled out of Airbus’ Toulouse paint shop in a stunning Beluga whale-inspired livery.

The colour scheme, one of six choices submitted to 20,000 Airbus employees in an internal competition, was a clear winner accounting for more than 40% of the votes.  The prototype will now undertake final ground testing prior to making its maiden flight later this summer.

This is the first of five A330-200 Freighter-derived oversize air transporters, the first of which is due to enter service next year.  The five aircraft are being built to address a requirement for ferrying larger aircraft components from production sites to final assembly lines across Europe.  The BelugaXL will, for example, be able to transport a pair of A350 XWB wings in a single flight, whereas the current generation A300-600 super transporter can only carry one.



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