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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 (September 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

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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)

  • Shoestring says:

    I was just on the site and they’re still offering $1 one way rentals over there, so there’s hope yet

    • jane says:

      I hope they get a move on and sort it out. I need one in August. Hertz are also doing them though and their website appears to be working (but not for my dates yet)

  • BJ says:

    OT Esso/Nectar through 24/7:

    “What better way to celebrate our new partnership with Esso* than by giving you bonus Nectar points?

    Everyone’s a winner, because there are bonus points up for grabs every time you fill up**. It could be 10 points, it could be 100,000 points, or it could be something in between”

    • Michael says:

      Shame there’s not a really nice intro bonus. Tesco give 200 Clubcard points with your first fill at the esso app.

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T if you have Avios flexibility, you might want to wait a bit before cancelling May 4th?
    [A Cornwall MP is calling upon the Government to add an extra bank holiday in 2020.
    The early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days – from Monday 4 to Friday 8…(75th anniversary of VE Day.)
    West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas is calling for an extra bank holiday next year to help those adversely affected by the shift. Mr Thomas says that the relatively late notice of the change of date has already caused problems for many people and businesses.
    “I have secured a debate in Parliament next Tuesday on this matter and I want to hear from anyone who has been affected so that I can raise concerns directly with other colleagues and the Government.”]

    • Anna says:

      Better book another 2 night refundable booking for our weekend in London then, just in case! I changed the original one to 1 night when they first announced that the bank holiday was moving..,

      • Shoestring says:

        Just the sort of thing the Maybot might do to try & make people like her just a little bit

  • The Original Nick says:

    Hi Harry, could you remind me of the email address to contact Iberia please?

  • Shoestring says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    [email protected] is what I used

    googling the obvious, yes there’s also oro at iberia dot es

    • Anna says:

      Are plata and oro Iberia statuses?

      • Shoestring says:

        yep but the same way I have no compunction using the Gold phone line with BA (& they don’t seem to care), I’m not silver with IB but still used plata (and they didn’t seem to care)

        • Cat says:

          Does the plata email address for general complaints? Still no word back.

    • The Original Nick says:

      Thanks Harry.

  • C F Frost says:

    Sixt ride. Who has used? Rides earn miles in a number of schemes (inc M&M), is showing as an Amex offer, and as a easy-to-navigate tab on the main Sixt site, it looks as though booking rides through a site beginning with Q (though maybe not T) might yield a return of more than 6%…

  • Harry T says:

    Really OT:
    Thinking of going to Bulgaria in mid to late July. Any recommendations for using air miles?

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