By Diana Crandall / July 20, 2018

This Airbus Whale-Painted Transport Plane Puts the Whole World in Good Mood

Its capacity is six tons more than current Beluga models and way more than actual Belugas.

An Airbus 'BelugaXL' aircraft taxis in front of Airbus employees at Toulouse-Blagnac on July 19, 2018 (Photo by ERIC CABANIS / AFP)
An Airbus 'BelugaXL' aircraft taxis in front of Airbus employees at Toulouse-Blagnac on July 19, 2018 (Photo by ERIC CABANIS / AFP)

A massive new transport plane from French airline Airbus smiles while it flies. Painted like an arctic whale, the brand new “BelugaXL” just completed its first successful test flight in Toulouse, France, Maxim reports.

Designed to carry massive aircraft parts between France and Germany, passengers won’t be able to take a ride on one of these when they’re regularly up in the air in 2019. (There’s no word yet on whether all planes will be painted with the same adorable mug.)

Take a look inside the assembly process of the massive plane below.

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