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.