- Dec 6, 2004
I was hoping to read that they'd ordered some wide body jets. :-|bloomberg.com said:Virgin Blue Orders Nine Boeing Jets Worth $634.5 Million
June 13 (Bloomberg)
-- Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd., Australia's second-biggest airline, agreed to buy nine Boeing Co. jets valued at $634.5 million as it expands its fleet of younger, more fuel- efficient aircraft.
The order is for nine 737-800 airplanes with delivery to start in 2008, Chicago-based Boeing said in a PR Newswire statement today. Boeing had previously announced the order without identifying Brisbane-base Virgin Blue as the buyer.
Virgin Blue, whose fuel costs account for 23 percent of revenue, wants newer planes to lower costs. The company spent A$212 million ($158 million) on fuel in the first-half ended March 31, almost a third more than in the first half a year earlier.
Some of these are to replace existing equipment that is under lease.