Virgin Australia Orders More Boeing 737 MAXs

Daniel Fowkes
24 Nov 2023
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
Virgin Australia announces an order for additional Boeing 737-8 aircraft from the MAX series

Virgin Australia has announced its order of additional 737-8s from the MAX series as part of a continued effort to grow.

More 737 MAXs Coming

Six additional 737-8s have been added to the total order book for the airline as part of the newest announcement by the Australian airline.

As a result, its total commitment to the 737-8 stands at 14 units, while it’ll welcome 39 next-generation 737 MAX jets for the series overall.

The new 737-8s are expected to become hugely helpful across the domestic and short-haul international network for Virgin Australia.

The carrier cites flying to cities such as Fiji, Bali and Samoa for its international network as targets, broadly deployed around Australia.

The 11 remaining 737-8s will arrive throughout 2024 as the airline transitions towards the new technology. Thanks to the consistent stream of deliveries, a new 737 MAX will arrive almost once every month throughout the calendar year.

A Plan For The Boeing 737-10

Away from the 737-8, Virgin Australia has an existing order for another variant in the MAX series, this for the 737-10.

The 737-10 is the largest variant in the MAX series and remains uncertified alongside the 737-7.

However, most recently, Boeing was able to secure the vital clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin flight testing for certification.

Virgin Australia expects to see delivery of its first 737-10 from late 2025 onwards. Additionally, the airline says that the -10s higher capacity will be hugely important for more in-demand routes.

Benefits Of Flying The 737 MAX

Virgin Australia says that thanks to operating the 737 MAX, it’ll be maintaining one of the youngest commercial fleets in Australia.

Additionally, these aircraft reduce emissions by at least 15% over the previous generation of 737s, to which it flies a significant number already.

Virgin adds that the aircraft is 40% quieter than the 737NGs while also coming equipped with new interiors that enhance customer satisfaction.

All these benefits, plus many more, will help the airline’s ambition of reducing carbon emissions intensity by 22% by 2030 and a commitment to targeting net zero emissions by 2050.

Comments From Virgin Australia Executive

Travel demand remains high and we continue to grow and renew our fleet, enabling us to deliver great value and choice in the market. 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

Virgin Australia Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Alistair Hartley

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