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Airbus plans unique liveries for Beluga XL fleet

Airbus is considering a series of individual paint schemes for its forthcoming fleet of five Beluga XL high-capacity transports.

With the initial example of the A330-200-based jet due to make its first flight in 2018, Airbus confirms that it is already planning a unique livery for the aircraft.

However, no decision has so far been taken, it says, with discussions ongoing over the design.

FlightGlobal understands that a nod to the Beluga's aquatic name is one potential theme.

Airbus intends the modified transport to replace its logistics operation's fleet of A300-600ST outsized freighters.

The Beluga XL will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and is due to enter service in 2019.

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