Fri, Jul 06, 2012
Order For The Re-Engined Single-Aisle Jetliner The First In Australia
Virgin Australia on Thursday announced an agreement with Boeing to order 23 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the first in Australia. The new aircraft will join Virgin Australia’s fleet between 2019 and 2021. The agreement includes four additional delivery options, ensuring flexibility to respond to market conditions.
To align with its current capacity plan for the next three years, Virgin Australia has delayed the delivery of some of its Boeing 737NG aircraft to after 2016, leaving 31 scheduled deliveries of Boeing 737-800 aircraft between 2013 and 2016. This gives the airline flexibility to develop the appropriate mix of narrow-body and wide-body aircraft.
Virgin Australia expects that by the end of 2013, all of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft will have exited the fleet.
“Virgin Australia is committed to maintaining a young and flexible fleet of modern aircraft," said CEO John Borghetti. "In the past year alone, we have reduced our average fleet age from 4.9 to 4.2 years. The Boeing 737 has formed a critical part of the Virgin Australia fleet over the past decade thanks to its reliability, comfort and fuel efficiency. The Boeing 737 MAX will build on this, enabling us to achieve strong on time performance and maintain our low cost base."
Borghetti said he expects the Boeing 737 MAX should reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13 per cent over today's most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft will also feature the light and spacious Boeing Sky Interior and incorporate the latest quiet engine technology, reducing its noise footprint significantly.
“Virgin Australia will continue to review its fleet strategy to ensure we align fit-for-purpose aircraft to markets and maintain maximum flexibility in capacity management," he said.
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