Virgin Atlantic has selected 14 Airbus A330-900s to
replace its A330ceos from 2021, with options to further expand its
fleet of wide-body aircraft.
The firm order for
eight aircraft and six additional aircraft on lease from Air Lease
Corporation (ALC) was signed at the Paris Air Show by Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic CEO and Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO
Virgin Atlantic currently operates a fleet of 40 wide-body
aircraft and will soon take delivery of its first of 12
A330neo Family is the new generation A330, comprising of two
versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 which share 99% commonality.
The A330neo reduces fuel consumption and increases range by up to 1,500nm compared to the majority of
A330s in operation.
The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s
latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with
increased span and new A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets.