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Virgin Atlantic retires final A340-600

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Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600, © Ingo Lang

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LONDON - Virgin Atlantic retired its signature Airbus A340-600 fleet. The final batch of three aircraft is on ground since March 8th at Gatwick airport. While Virgin has not officially confirmed fleet retirment, new passenger flights are unlikely as the A340s were already used beyond their planned phase-out date.

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.
© aero.uk | Image: Ingo Lang | 11/03/2020 08:45


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