The Farnborough Air Show last week was suprisingly low on new aircraft orders. This year will be the first for a long time where Airbus and Boeing will see a net reduction in their order books.
Virgin Atlantic was one of the few airlines to place a large order. The company confirmed earlier rumours that it will acquires 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft for delivery from 2019. Eight of these will be purchased outright with a further four to be leased.
The total cost of the aircraft would have been $4.4bn at list prices, although you should treat the ‘list price’ of an aircraft with the same seriousness as you would treat the non-sale price of a DFS sofa.
All 12 aircraft will be three class planes but with different configurations. Those allocated to Gatwick will have 410 seats whilst the Heathrow planes will have just 360, reflecting a larger Upper Class cabin.
It is not clear at the moment if Airbus is letting Virgin off the hook for its six ordered A380 aircraft in return for this deal. The A380 order was placed back in 2000 but has been constantly deferred.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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