The first Airbus A330neo in Virgin Atlantic colours has been rolled out ahead of the UK carrier’s launch of services with the type this autumn.

It expects to take delivery of three A330-900s this year, with the remaining 11 examples following between 2023 and 2026.

Virgin ordered the widebody at the 2019 Paris air show, placing orders for 14 firm and six options for the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered twinjets, and in July suggested it will receive “up to 16” of the type.

The A330-900s will feature an upper-class seat new to Virgin Atlantic and a new executive suite concept at the front of that cabin. Overall, the aircraft will feature 30 upper-class seats, plus the two “Retreat Suites”, 46 premium-economy seats, 28 “Economy Delight” seats, and 156 economy-class seats.