The Airbus, an aeronautics company, launched a new quirky whale shaped cargo aircraft, Beluga XL. An uncommon shape for an aircraft, the Beluga XL is being seen as a technological marvel due to its quirky shape.

The massive Airbus took its maiden flight on July 19 to Toulouse in France. The aircraft looks like a whale smiling and on the sides, the eyes are also painted. A protruding nose below the cockpit gives it the shape of a giant whale with “no blowhole painted on top of it”, as a Twitter user noted.

The president of Airbus, Guillaume Faury, also took to twitter showing off the tech wonder. “Thrilling to see our #BelugaXL taking to the skies for the first time – a truly outstanding piece of technology from nose to tail. Congrats to everyone involved in this programme that is so instrumental in achieving our production ramp-up,” read his tweet.

In its Twitter handle, Airbus posted an image of the whale-shaped aircraft. “Whale hello there! ?? ?? Introducing the new #BelugaXL dressed up in its livery for the first time!” Airbus wrote on the micro-blogging site.

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