EUROPE & CIS: Virgin eyes potential aircraft purchases

Delays to Boeing’s Dreamliner programme may prompt Virgin Atlantic Airways to place additional aircraft orders, possibly for 777s or the A350 XWB, while it is in talks with Boeing on compensation for the delay of its 787s. Virgin placed a firm order for 15 787-9s in April 2007 and had expected delivery of its first […]


Delays to Boeing’s Dreamliner programme may prompt Virgin Atlantic Airways to place additional aircraft orders, possibly for 777s or the A350 XWB, while it is in talks with Boeing on compensation for the delay of its 787s.

Virgin placed a firm order for 15 787-9s in April 2007 and had expected delivery of its first 3-4 aircraft in 2011 and all of them by 2014. The carrier, which pushed delivery of the first of its six A380s back to 2013, also remains interested in the A380 stretch version.