Tue, Jan 12, 2010
First A330's For The British Carrier
British based Virgin Atlantic Airways has bought six A330-300
long-range aircraft from Airbus, and is leasing a further four from
AerCap. The contract was formally completed on December 30th, 2009,
following an initial announcement earlier in June.
The aircraft are Virgin Atlantic's first A330's. The aircraft
will strengthen services between the United Kingdom, North America,
the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, for both business and leisure
markets. Virgin's A330-300s will seat up to 270 in Upper
Class, Premium Economy and Economy, and will be the launch aircraft
for revolutionary onboard cabin innovations in every class.
"The A330s are adding immense operational flexibility to
Virgin's modern fleet and at the same time fit in with our
commitment to invest in today's most environmentally efficient
aircraft," said Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive, Virgin Atlantic
"Coming from one of Airbus' most valued customers, this
significant order is a thumbs up for our A330," said John Leahy,
Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "The A330 is a leader in
aircraft reliability, comfort, and low fuel burn making it the most
eco-efficient aircraft in its class."
Virgin Atlantic Airways became an Airbus operator in November
1993. To date, Virgin operates six A340-300s and 19 A340-600
aircraft. Virgin is also a customer for six A380s.
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