Virgin Airlines Orders 60 Airbus Jetliners

Published by: Dave Simmons on 17th Jan 2011 | View all blogs by Dave Simmons
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Virgin Airlines Orders 60 Airbus Jetliners

Virgin America, the airline partially owned by UK billionaire Richard Branson, placed an order for 60 SAS jetliners from Airbus, a deal worth an estimated $5.1 billion.  The order will more than double the airline's fleet even as it attempts to reduce its overall carbon footprint.

The 60 year-old Branson traveled to Toulouse, France, for Airbus' annual press conference to announce the order, which includes 30 of the company's A320 single aisle planes as well as 30 upgraded models of the plane.  The upgrades, called A320 NEOs, carry an engine that is 15 percent more fuel efficient, which will allow the airline to cut costs.

Virgin currently has 34 aircraft in its fleet, all from Airbus, and plans to add 12 planes this year and 4 more in 2012.

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