Air, Freight News

Virgin Atlantic Cargo introduces A330neo

[ June 23, 2019   //   ]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo customers will get a further capacity boost from the airline’s latest aircraft order for 14 Airbus A330-900neos, with an additional six as options. This reaffirms its commitment to flying the cleanest, greenest fleet in the sky.
The new planes are designed to be 13% more fuel and carbon efficient than the A330-300 they replace and will deliver a 50% reduction in airport noise contour. Over a ten-year period, 2014-2024, the fuel efficiency of Virgin Atlantic’s fleet will have improved by 32%.
The order, valued at $4.1billion, is a crucial step in Virgin Atlantic’s fleet transformation program that will see 100% of the airline’s planes replaced over a ten-year period, creating one of the youngest fleets in the skies with an average age of just 5.3 years. Of the firm order, eight will be purchased and six leased, as Virgin Atlantic continues its investment into increasing the proportion of owned aircraft in its fleet.
“We expect the A330-900neos to be another fantastic aircraft for cargo and will support our projected growth in the years ahead,” said Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo. “This also includes our new contract for Accenture’s latest AFLS 8.0 cargo management platform to enable customers to interact with us digitally, the opening of our new state-of-the-art cargo facility dnata City East at Heathrow in September and the arrival of the airline’s first Airbus A350-1000’s this summer.”
The carrier is also opening new routes to Tel Aviv, Mumbai and Sao Paulo.
The aircraft will be exclusively powered by the Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engine, drawing on more than 50 million flying hours of experience from the Trent 700, which powers the original version of the A330. The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000, which entered service in November last year, delivers a step change in performance and economics compared to the Trent 700.