Virgin Blue signs major Boeing order

5 Apr 2010 by Mark Caswell

Australian carrier Virgin Blue has confirmed its largest ever aircraft order of up to 105 Boeing 737s, with delivery due to begin in June next year.

The low-cost airline (in which the Virgin Group owns a 25 percent share), will use “a significant percentage” of the aircraft to replace its existing narrow-body fleet, with the remainder being used to launch new routes and boost frequency “where demand dictates”.

The agreement is for 50 B737-800NG aircraft (with the flexibility to convert these to B737-700 or B737-900 models), with an additional 25 firm delivery positions and 30 future purchase rights. The order is the largest for Boeing aircraft in the last 18 months, and delivery is due to take place between June 2011 and 2017.

The carrier is also due to unveil its “Airline of the Future” initiative next year, and says that the new aircraft will be delivered with Boeing’s new “Sky Interior” (see online news April 29, 2009), including newly designed seating and IFE systems.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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