Airbus, the long-time European rival of world’s No. 1 aircraft carrier maker, Boeing Co., had won a $4.1 billion order from Virgin Atlantic for 14 A330new wide-body passenger jets. Virgin Atlantic and Airbus said at a joint statement at the eve of Paris Airshow on Monday, the 17th of June 2019.
Apart from that, the joint statement had also added that the deal would involve an option for the Crawley-based British airliner to order six more Airbus wide-body passenger jets. None the less, the British airlines had placed an order for an upgraded A330 model, which aviation industry had begun to contemplate as a counterpart of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
Although, Boeing Co., the American aircraft maker had barely received any orders following a fatal March 10th crash of one of its 737 MAX aircrafts in Ethiopia, Virgin Atlantic CEO, Shai Weiss had denied that the Airbus order had been a ditch of Boeing Co.
amid mass grounding of its best-selling 737 MAX. The Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive, Weiss had also added that the deal was aimed at upgrading the company’s fleet of air carriers ahead of a slated expansion of Europe’s biggest airport, London Heathrow.
While Virgin Atlantic had been seeking for potential acquisitions and mergers in order to return into profitability aside from expanding its fleets, its CEO, Weiss told in an interview over the sidelines of the Paris Air show, “It happened to be that this one was a fantastic opportunity for Virgin Atlantic to transform its fleet”.