WINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 70 Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 28187 times:
I sure love being right. How many times did I say that Virgin would opt for the A333? I'm sure that Singapore Airlines also gave Virgin Atlantic a good deal of information regarding the performance of the A333 since its introduction a few months ago.
Congratulation to Airbus and in particular the A333, my personal favorite A330.
Jonathan-l From France, joined Mar 2002, 494 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 28149 times:
Airbus press release
Virgin Atlantic Airways commits to ten new Airbus A330 aircraft
A330 adds efficiency and flexibility to fleet
British based Virgin Atlantic Airways, has signed a firm contract to buy six Airbus A330-300 long-range aircraft, and is leasing a further four from AerCap. Fleet renewal with the A330 reflects Virgin’s commitment to replace older aircraft and to invest in the worlds’ most environmentally efficient fleet.
Virgin’s A330-300s can seat up to 270 in Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy, and introduce revolutionary onboard cabin products and innovations for every passenger. The aircraft will allow Virgin to offer enhanced services between the United Kingdom and the United States and the Caribbean, for the business as well as the leisure traveller.
“The A330s will be a great addition to our modern and fuel efficient fleet and will also add immense operational flexibility as well as offer revolutionary new cabin products. At the same time, the A330s fits with Virgin’s commitment to invest in the worlds’ most environmentally efficient aircraft.” said Steve Ridgway, CEO Virgin Atlantic Airways.
“We are delighted with this very significant commitment to the A330 from one of Airbus’ most valued customers,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “As well as offering unparalleled reliability, the A330 has the lowest fuel burn per seat making it the most eco-efficient aircraft in its class. We are honoured that a world class carrier like Virgin has chosen a world-class aircraft for its fleet.”
Virgin Atlantic Airways became an Airbus operator in November 1993 with its first A340-300. To date, Virgin operates six A340-300s and 19 A340-600 aircraft. Virgin is also a customer for six A380s.
The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used wide body aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the various versions of the aircraft. More than 600 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 70 airlines worldwide.
Scouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3254 posts, RR: 10 Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 27889 times:
Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 4): Any chance they'll back out of the A-380 and additional to the A-346 payments used these deposits for the 330s?
The fact that it's 6 new planes from Airbus (and 4 leased from AerCap) screams at me that they're going to quietly cancel the 6 outstanding A346s that they have. No bad thing though as they were never very likely to take these planes so the order has become something that AB will actually get some money for.
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 9614 posts, RR: 10 Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 27484 times:
Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 15): The fact that it's 6 new planes from Airbus (and 4 leased from AerCap) screams at me that they're going to quietly cancel the 6 outstanding A346s that they have.
Thats what I thought too. Otherwise its odd, why should VS want A330s when they have ordered its nearest rival (which is not yet flying)? Maybe they are even cancelling the 787? If they order 748Is instead Boeing wont be sad.
JerseyFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 458 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 27430 times:
Quoting Pilot21 (Reply 2): I would guess, although no mention in the announcement, that the deposit on some of the A346's that were deferred went towards these .
Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 15): The fact that it's 6 new planes from Airbus (and 4 leased from AerCap) screams at me that they're going to quietly cancel the 6 outstanding A346s that they have. No bad thing though as they were never very likely to take these planes so the order has become something that AB will actually get some money for.
Then they sell the 6 new A333s to Aercap and lease them back, so essentially get their cash deposit back from Airbus, and have flexibility to retain or get rid of the A333s as B789s arrive and A340s are retired. A clever deal!
Sandyb123 From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2007, 868 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 27256 times:
Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 5): Strange timing, the day after Paris closes...perhaps SRB is getting shy and didn't want the publicity
Also interesting it comes a day after the BA vs VS press that was going around this weekend.
A statement like 'We've just invested $2.1 billion in state of the art aircraft, showing our commitment to our UK business" would have worked well against Willy Walshs' "We've just asked our staff to work for free because we can't afford their salaries".
Richard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1570 posts, RR: 6 Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 27254 times:
I'm wondering where these A333's will be based, from the LHR base or LGW/MAN, or a mixture?
MCO, LAS and Carribean flights operate from LGW, so it is possible, reading the press release, that they could all be based there, in which case, is it possible they will be replacing or supplementing the 747's based out of LGW/MAN?
In which case, what happens to the LGW/MAN 747 fleet?