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PICTURE: BelugaXL emerges with 'white whale' livery

Airbus has painted its first BelugaXL freighter in the distinctive 'beluga' livery chosen by its employees.

The initial aircraft – formally designated the A330-700L – is carrying the registration F-WBXL.

It is one of five BelugaXLs, fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 powerplants, which will be manufactured to replace the A300-600ST Beluga fleet.

The first aircraft is due to commence flight-testing this summer.

Airbus will introduce the BelugaXL to service with its logistics and specialised transport arm next year. The aircraft will be capable of carrying two A350 wings simultaneously.

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