Virgin orders Airbus aircraft

Virgin America yesterday ordered 18 Airbus aircraft, including 11 A319s and seven A320s. The airline will also lease 15 A320 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services.

Virgin America has announced a firm order for 18 Airbus aircraft, including 11 A319s and seven A320s. The airline will also lease 15 A320 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

All 33 aircraft will be used to launch and sustain Virgin America, a US-based, low-fare airline. First deliveries are scheduled for early 2005. All the aircraft, purchased and leased, will be powered by engines from CFM International, a GE company based in Ohio.

“This is the type of economic boost the US economy needs,” said Fred Reid, the former President and CEO of Delta Air Lines who is leading the formation of the future carrier.

“The wider bodies of the A320 Family, their modern design, lighting and climate control features will help us deliver that unique Virgin flair and outstanding customer experience travellers have come to expect from the Virgin brand.”