Virgin Atlantic orders A330neo’s at Paris


As predicted, Virgin Atlantic announced that it’s ordered fourteen A330-900neo at the Paris Air Show.

The order includes 8 firm orders to be purchased by the company, with 6 further A330-900neo’s leased through Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Virgin Atlantic took options for an additional six aircraft.

The A339’s are expected to be delivered from September 2021, more or less as direct replacements for the 10 year old A333’s that start to come off lease and entered service from 2011. All of the new aircraft are powered by the only engine option, Rolls Royce’s Trent-7000.

The four A332’s the company took on from AirBerlin will also depart. It’s expected that buy 2024-5 Virgin Atlantic will have totally modernised its fleet, with A35K’s, A339’s and the 789’s. By late 2024 its oldest aircraft will be 789 G-VNEW which will be 10. By then its quite likely a phased replacement of 789’s will begin, as 8 of the 17 are on ten year leases.