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Virgin Atlantic orders 14 new long-haul A330-900neo aircraft

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The rumours we reported recently were true, with Virgin Atlantic confirming an order for 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft at the Paris Air Show yesterday.  There is also an option for an additional six aircraft.

The list price is $4.1 billion although Virgin will have negotiated a substantial discount.

The first aircraft will be delivered in 2021.  By the time these aircraft have all arrived in 2024, the average age of the Virgin Atlantic fleet will be just over 5 years.

Virgin Atlantic buys A330-900neo

These aircraft will replace the existing 14 A330 aircraft, and will be 13% more fuel efficient.  They also have a substantially greater flying range.  Eight planes will be bought outright with the other six leased.

It isn’t clear what seats will be fitted to the new aircraft, although it would make sense to use a version of the new Upper Class Suite.  It is confirmed that the standard three class configuration (Economy, Premium, Upper Class) will be retained.

Above is an Airbus picture of a Virgin Atlantic A330-900neo …..


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

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:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (123)

  • Richard Harris says:

    I travel to Sofia frequently as my partner is from BG – BA reward availability is very limited in July – in any case there’s multiple LCCs on this route and they tend to be competitively priced anyway.

    Probably better to save your Avios for something else….

    Bulgaria is great in July – highly recommended destination for sun, spa, history, European Capital of Culture (Plovdiv) etc – all still good value for money

    • Harry T says:

      Thank you, I will explore cash options. Limited flights from Newcastle, so may have to try Manchester or Edinburgh.

  • boi says:

    OT: I am late to the party. just tried to register for ihg accelerate and giving error. online chat tells me I am not targeted….is this new?

    • Rob says:

      Some people cannot register. Seems to be an IT issue. It impacted a lot of people originally, IHG fixed 95% of them, but they seem to have given up trying to help the others.

  • James says:

    Do you have to buy the exact amount as suggested above? Do people have different offer terms?

    The terms in my offer it states:
    “Offer only available when you spend £335 **or more** in a single transaction, purchasing 20,000**+** Avios”

    It wouldn’t be particularly good value, but still.

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