Airbus will supply airliners worth £1.85bn to Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada, the consortium said last week.
Virgin has selected 16 A340-600 airliners, becoming a launch customer for the stretched, 375-seat version of the A340 to be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines. Virgin gets its first A340-600s in 2002.
The airline has ordered two more A340-300s, raising the total of this type in service with Virgin to 10.
Air Canada has signed a letter of intent for five A330-200s and three A340-300s worth £607m and plans to order five of these aircraft next March.
This is the first phase of a three-phase modernisation plan which will also see Air Canada become a launch customer for the long range A340-500 and the high capacity A340-600. Air Canada has taken options on another 10 airliners. First deliveries of the Canadian airliners are due in 2002.
British Aerospace has a 20% stake in Airbus and supplies the wings.