26. January 2011 06:49
Virgin America has recently placed an order of 60 new single-aisle A320 airplanes to Airbus. The total order will cover 30 A320 neo, a new version of Airbus’s best selling airplane that will be equipped with more fuel-efficient engine.
It is said that the new aircrafts will reduce up to 15 percent of consumption, which further helps in reducing the carbon emission.
Virgin America president and chief executive David Cush said, “If the industry does not clean itself up and is unwilling to invest in these technologies, we will become a pariah, and people will deem travel is evil.”
The present fleet of the carrier that began its operations in 2007, possesses a total of 34 airplanes which are running on different routes and 17 are expected to join the fleet by the end of 2011. The airlines is expected to increase its fleet to 110 from 80 by 2016.