In order to keep pace with its growth and as part of its strategy to keep the airline internationally competitive on Atlantic routes, Virgin Atlantic Airways will purchase up to 24 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
This deal is worth approximately USD $3.6 billion. This new generation of aircraft will fly with a new generation of engines also, which are 20% more efficient than those of other wide-body aircraft. The engines are being developed by both GE and Rolls-Royce. The new technology will also make the engines cleaner-burning and less noisy. Such improvements are important to the aviation industry.
The newer planes’ greater fuel efficiency is a key factor in the record number of jetliner orders recently.