has ordered 12 -1000s.
The airline has ordered 12 A350-1000s, with six A350s to be obtained directly from Airbus or through lessors.
The airline will not confirm the deal, but it is understood that company staff were told of the plan on 12/Jan.
“We are currently evaluating our future leisure fleet requirements to ensure that any new aircraft we introduce will provide the best possible outcome for our customers and our business,” Virgin Atlantic said in a statement.
“We will make an announcement once we have completed this process and can confirm a decision,” it added.
Airbus also would not comment on the deal.
Virgin Atlantic plans to use the A350s to replace its fleet of -400s, which operate on leisure routes to U.S. and Caribbean holiday destinations from London and U.K. regional airports.
The 747s are due to exit the fleet before 2020.
The airline is in the process of replacing its Airbus -300 and A340-600 fleets with the Airbus -300 and the -9.
Based on the article “Virgin Atlantic Orders A350-1000s” published in Aviation Daily.