Atlantic Airways has ordered two more Airbus A340-600s and unveiled plans for
new routes to the Bahamas and Cuba.
The UK carrier
says in a statement that the additional A340-600 commitments give it
outstanding orders for six of the type, for delivery over the next two years.
It already operates six.
aircraft will be instrumental in fulfilling Virgin’s plans for continued growth
and will also continue our goal of operating one of the youngest fleets in
world aviation,” says chairman Richard Branson.
that in the coming months Virgin plans to launch new routes serving Havana in
Cuba and Nassau in the Bahamas, adding that “we’re evaluating some further new
to Nassau will be operated from 18 July while twice-weekly services to Havana will
be operated from 21 July. Both will be from London’s Gatwick airport.
is also reiterating plans to launch services to Sydney, although it does not
say when they will begin. Last year it secured rights to operate to the
Australian city via Hong Kong.
addition, Virgin plans to increase frequencies on existing services to Asia,
the Caribbean and the USA, and will recruit 1,400 staff over the next year.
the last recession Virgin Atlantic had annual double-digit growth from 1993-2000
and we aim to match this level in the next few years,” says Branson.
encouraging signs that the market – particularly the all-important business
travel sector – is returning to health… Across our network as a whole we’ve
seen growth in our premium cabins of over 10% year-on-year.”