Reunion-based carrier Air Austral’s first Airbus A220-300 has rolled out of the paintshop sporting the airline’s distinctive livery.

The airline ordered three of the twinjet type in October 2019.

Airbus has shown off the first of the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G-powered aircraft to be painted, with a vertical fin illustrating a volcanic eruption.

Reunion is a volcanically-active island, notably with the Piton de la Fournaise peak.

Air Austral currently has an all-Boeing jet fleet comprising 777-300ER, 787-8 and 737-800 aircraft, plus a single ATR 72-500 turboprop.

It had originally indicated that its A220s – configured with 132 seats – would start arriving from the end of 2020.

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Source: Airbus

Three A220s have been ordered by the Indian Ocean carrier