Virgin Blue CEO, Brett Godfrey, announced (24-Feb-2010) the carrier has reached an in principal agreement with Boeing for an order of up to 50 aircraft to increase capacity on domestic routes. According to Mr Godfrey, the aircraft, to be delivered between 2011 and 2017, will come equipped with the upgraded Boeing Sky Interiors, as well as performance improvements that will deliver "significant fuel and maintenance efficiencies" (AAP, 23-Feb-2010). The new aircraft will provide the carrier with a "tremendous amount of flexibility" to adjust capacity quickly and retire older aircraft. Virgin is also reportedly looking into B737-900ER aircraft. The carrier expects to take delivery of approximately seven aircraft in FY2010-11. [more - Virgin Blue] [more - Boeing]
Virgin Blue: "We do not intend to shy away from remaining competitive and we plan to vigorously defend our domestic markets. In that regard, we are intending to secure additional short term capacity and have reached an in principle agreement with Boeing for an order of up to 50 aircraft," Brett Godfrey, CEO. Source: Virgin Blue, 23-Feb-2010.