Virgin America no longer considering CSeries

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Virgin America confirms it is not interested in adding Bombardier's CSeries aircraft to its all-Airbus fleet, the airline's chief executive David Cush tells Flightglobal.

In an interview last week, Cush says Burlingame, California-based Virgin America will remain for now a one-aircraft airline, and will stick with a fleet composed entirely of A320-family airliners.

He says the A320 fits Virgin America's needs well and that operating only one type of aircraft is more efficient than a mixed fleet.

Cush told Flightglobal in 2011 that Virgin had "serious exploratory discussions" with Bombardier about acquiring CSeries aircraft prior to a decision by Airbus to manufacture the A320neo.

The fuel savings offered by the CSeries, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines, led Virgin to consider it, he adds.

Bombardier has said that the flight of the CS100 version is on track to take place in late June. The baseline configuration of the CS100 has 110 seats. The airframer also offers the larger CS300 model, which has up to 160 seats in its highest-density configuration.

Virgin America has since placed an order for 30 A320neos, with deliveries beginning in 2020. It also has orders for 10 current-generation A320s, with deliveries beginning in 2015.