Thursday, July 5, 2012
Virgin Australia Orders 23 Boeing 737 Max
Virgin Australia will buy 23 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, a deal worth $2.19 billion, the airline said Thursday.
The agreement includes four additional delivery options, as the airline is looking to develop a well-balanced fleet of narrow-body and wide-body aircraft, and prefers the 737 Max because of its fuel efficiency, the airline said. By 2014, Virgin expects for all of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft to have exited its current fleet.
“One of the key advantages of the Boeing 737 Max is that it should reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13 percent over today's most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft will also feature the light and spacious Boeing Sky Interior and incorporate the latest quiet engine technology, reducing its noise footprint significantly,” said Virgin Australia CEO john Borghetti.
Virgin expects their 23 new Boeing 737s to enter into service between 2019 and 2021.