Toulouse - The first Airbus A350-1000 of Virgin Atlantic has been spotted at the Airbus' Toulouse plant without its engines. The aircraft (MSN27) will be registered as G-VLUX when delivered to the British airline operator.

The winglets of the plane are painted with the Virgin’s branding.

Virgin Atlantic will be the first European airline to operate an Airbus A350-1000.

British carrier is likely to offer the new widebody with two different cabin configurations. The first, with 360 seats in a tri-class configuration and the second with up to 460 seats in a single-class configuration.

The company has placed an order for 12 Airbus A350-1000 at the Farnborough Air Show in 2016. The order includes eight firm orders directly from Airbus and four copies from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) on a long-term lease agreement with the option for an additional A350-1000.

The firm orders will join the airline's fleet from 2019 while leased units will arrive one year later in 2020.

The new A350-1000s will be used to replace the all four-engined aircraft in the fleet - the Boeing 747-400s (8) and the Airbus A340-600s (7).