Virgin Atlantic accepts maiden Airbus A330neo

The Crawley-based carrier has welcomed a new widebody type to its fleet.

There were celebrations at Virgin Atlantic after it accepted its maiden Airbus A330neo – a -900 example.

Registered G-VJAZ (c/n 2018) and christened Billie Holiday, the airframe touched down into London/Heathrow on Saturday afternoon (October 15).

Virgin Atlantic's first Airbus A330neo is registered G-VJAZ (c/n 2018)
Virgin Atlantic's first Airbus A330neo is registered G-VJAZ (c/n 2018) Airbus SAS 2022 Pascal Pigeyre/Master Films

The arrival of the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered jet is a milestone for the airline as it becomes the UK’s first A330neo operator. Moreover, the delivery also marked the 50th Airbus aircraft for Virgin Atlantic throughout its history.

Currently, the Crawley-based carrier has ordered 13 A330-900s, with six of these to be leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC); for example, G-VJAZ is on lease.

The European airframer said Virgin Atlantic has an “intention to expand the [A330neo] fleet to 16 eventually”.

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