Virgin Atlantic In Talks Over 10 Long-haul Planes

October 18, 2007

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Virgin Atlantic is considering acquiring 10 long-haul aircraft to enter service around 2012, a spokesman said on Thursday.

"Virgin Atlantic is in talks with Boeing and Airbus about ordering next-generation fuel-efficient aircraft to operate Virgin Atlantic services from (London) Gatwick Airport," he said.

"The order could potentially be for 10 aircraft which could be 747-8s or A380s," he added. "These would enter service around the time of the Olympics in 2012. Virgin Atlantic will take a decision by May next year."

In April Virgin placed an order for 15 of Boeing's new carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner jets worth around USD$2.8 billion to be mostly based at London's Heathrow Airport.

Virgin already has six A380s on order from 2013.

(Reuters)