Virgin Blue’s first Airbus A330-200, VH-XFA, had decals applied to it at Sydney Airport on April 1 which appeared to hint at the airline’s new livery.
Photos showed the aircraft featuring a new version of the Virgin ‘flying lady’ on the aircraft’s nose, plus a red band around the engine cowling. No further markings, such as titles or logos, and certainly no evidence of the airline’s much anticipated new name, have as yet been applied to the ex Emirates aircraft.
The decals were applied in the open at Sydney Airport’s Bay 94.
The airline is due to place its first two leased A330-200s into transcontinental domestic service next month.
UPDATE – The decals proved shortlived, and had been removed from XFA by April 2, when the aircraft was noted flying circuits at Sydney, where it was understood to be being filmed for marketing purposes, before it returned to Melbourne.