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Virgin Australia will receive a new 737 MAX 8 plane every month in 2024

The airline has boosted its existing order of the modern jet by a further six units, taking its total plane pipeline to 39.

A further six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are now in Virgin Australia's order book.

Virgin Australia has upgraded its order of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from eight to 14 as part of its ongoing fleet renewal program, with the new planes arriving at an average rate of one per month throughout next year.

The order boost was announced late on Friday as the third aircraft in the order, known as ‘Bronte Beach’, touched down in Australia on its ferry flight from Boeing factory in Seattle.

Each of the new MAX 8 aircraft deliver a reduction in emissions of 15 percent compared to its older planes, which will contribute to Virgin’s existing commitment to cut its carbon emissions by 22 percent and eventually hit a net-zero operation by 2050. The aircraft are also up to 40 percent quieter than its existing 737 jets.

Virgin Australia’s new aircraft are expected to fly the carrier’s longer domestic routes and regional international services to Tokyo, Bali, Queenstown, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu.

Virgin Australia Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Alistair Hartley, said the airline was continuing to invest in its fleet to meet ongoing high travel demand.

“We are investing in our fleet to best meet our customers’ needs while positioning the business for success in the long-term. A more modern, sustainable, and streamlined fleet is central to our ongoing transformation,” Hartley said.

The new planes will come already fitted with Virgin’s new interiors which will soon begin a $110 million fleet-wide installation program across the existing fleet.

The interior upgrade program will see brand new Economy and Business class seats installed, each featuring in-seat power outlets and installation of inflight WiFi and entertainment streaming to personal devices on aircraft not already featuring the service.

The first aircraft under the upgrade program will roll out of the maintenance shed from early next month.

Separately, Virgin’s existing order of 25 Boeing 737 MAX-10s remains in place, with aircraft on track to begin arriving from late 2025.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 24 November 2023

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