Virgin Atlantic Orders 14 Airbus A330neos
Virgin Atlantic will add 14 Airbus A330neos to its fleet to replace its A330ceos, with deliveries to start in 2021.
Virgin will purchase eight of the order and take six on lease from Air Lease. The deal includes options for a further six aircraft. The order value for the 14 is USD$4.15 billion at list prices.
Speaking at the Paris Air Show, the airline's chief executive Shai Weiss said: “2019 marks a return to growth for Virgin Atlantic as we strive to become the most loved travel company and the nation’s second flag carrier at an expanded Heathrow.
“The acquisition of 14 A330neos will play a pivotal role in our fleet transformation and it is testament to our sustainability commitment; by 2024, we will have improved the fuel efficiency of our aircraft by 32 percent.”
The long-haul UK airline flies 12 A330-200s and -300s in its mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. It also has 12 Airbus A350-1000s on order with first delivery due later this year. The A350s will replace Virgin's four-engined A340s and Boeing 747s.
The A330neo order will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.