Virgin Atlantic will be in a position to launch new flights to Beijing, Cancun and Vancouver from London after it ordered ten new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The airline announced yesterday (June 22nd) that it had placed the order, with the first five of the new aircraft due to be delivered in early 2011. The remaining five will be received in 2012.
Steve Ridgway, Virgin Atlantic chief executive, said that, despite the recession, the airline was "focusing on sustainable growth in the years ahead" and wanted to use the most fuel-efficient aircraft.
"Virgin Atlantic has a strong history of successfully investing during a downturn and our Airbus order today sends a strong signal that now is the time to invest, in order to help protect jobs and get the world’s economy moving again" he commented.
The aircraft, which will operate on many of the airline’s existing business and leisure routes, have space for 270 passengers.
Virgin Atlantic yesterday celebrated its 25th anniversary by recreating its first flight to New York, which departed on June 22nd 1984.