Airbus announced this week that the third of its super transporter cargo planes, the BelugaXL, has rolled out of its paint shop in Toulouse. The plane, the third out of six, is expected to join service early in 2021.
Airbus’ new BelugaXL receives its smiley face
— Airbus (@Airbus) June 11, 2020
The Beluga aircraft gets its name from the whale to which it resembles. So much so that the BelugaXL is even painted to look like the iconic sea creature, but why did Airbus decide to paint the plane this way?
The livery was, in fact, chosen by a vote of Airbus employees. In the poll, 20,000 staff were given the choice of six livery options, and the smiley face of the beluga whale won with 40% of the vote.