Airbuses from Toulouse for Virgin

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A FIRST Airbus A350-1000 for Virgin Atlantic, F-WZNU (c/n 298), has appeared in the airline’s livery. The colours were applied at the manufacturer’s Toulouse/Blagnac plant, with it emerging from the paint shop on June 21. Noticeably, what will become G-VPOP has yet to receive the famous ‘Flying Icon’ on the forward fuselage, as is customary in a company tradition that stretches back to its first aircraft, Boeing 747-200 G-VIRG (c/n 21189). Virgin has also become the first UK carrier to order the A330neo. The deal, signed at the Paris Air Show, is for a total of 14 of the -900 variant, comprising eight directly from Airbus and an additional six on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The transaction also offers options on a further six examples. It is the latest move in a fleet transformation programme where 100% of Virgin Atlantic’s aircraft will be replaced within ten years.

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