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.

BelugaXL painted

Source: Cirium Dashboard