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.
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 …..
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 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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