These will be added to the current 85 aircraft that are part of the fleet
Virgin Australia announced the expansion of its fleet with six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft today. The initiative aims to satisfy the increase in travel demand from passengers. This brings the total number of planes ordered to 14. These will be added to the current 85 fixed-wing units that are part of the fleet, all B-737s.
"Demand for air travel remains high. We continue to grow and renew our fleet, allowing us to offer great value and choice in the market", said Alistair Hartley, Head of Strategy and Transformation at the Australian airline.
Delivery of the six aircraft is expected in the second half of 2024. The Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft made their first flight in January 2016, while their entry into service dates back to May 2017. These are aircraft that can accommodate up to 189 passengers, are equipped with two Cfm Leap-1B engines which offer a range of 6570 km and a cruising speed of 975 km/h. Virgin Australia will allocate them to short and medium haul routes.