The A340 was part of Virgin`s fleet and DNA since 1993 when the airline received its first A340-300. The A340-600 joined Virgin in 2002.
Virgin Atlantic parked all of the final three A340-600 at Gatwick Airport. The last revenue flight of the fleet was VS412 from Lagos, Nigeria, to London-Heathrow Sunday, March 8th. Virgin deployed its G-VFIT "Dancing Queen" on the final A340-600 journey - an aircraft delivered in 2006.
Virgin Atlantic replaced its A340-600 with more fuel efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The airline extended the phase-out timeline - all A340s were due to leave the fleet by October 2019 - to replace the capacity of 787s in shop for Trent 1000 engine repairs.
aero.uk understands that current dip in demand caused by corona crisis was a factor in the decision to take the A340s out of service now.
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