Virgin Atlantic, do you follow your news close enough? The 5 Air New Zealand 747-200s were bought not leased. The 2 Cathay Pacific Airways 747-200s were leased for three years with and option to buy. The 747-200s bring in more profit than the A340-300s on the routes that Virgin flys. I believe they have 1 747-400 on order and 1-2 A340-300s. Also 8 A340-600s.
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