European Airline confirms it will take delivery of ten new planes...
Virgin Atlantic, the UK's second largest airline, has said that it has decided to go ahead with a $1.9 billion order for 10 Airbus SAS long-haul jetliners as air traffic recovers from a slump after the September 11th US attacks.
Virgin will take delivery of four 319-seat A340-600s from June through October, with a further six due over the next four years, said Paul Moore, a Virgin spokesman, in an interview. It had said in December that it might delay the deliveries after the attacks.
The order is ?an indicator of our increasing confidence the market is coming back,? Moore said. ?The leisure traveler is absolutely back where we want them to be.? He said Virgin's planes are flying more than 80 percent full, ?right back up to our historic levels.?
European airlines' international traffic rose by 0.3 percent from a year ago in the week through February 10th , the first time the figure has risen since the September attacks scared people away from flying, according to the Association of European Airlines.