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Airbus A330-200 Fleet List

Current V Australia Airbus A330-200 Routes

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With Virgin Australia chief John Borghetti looking to steer the carrier away from its low-cost routes to tackle QANTAS head-on in the business market it was identified that a new product was needed for the lucrative trans-Continental Sydney and Melbourne - Perth routes.

The airline evaluated various wide bodied types including the Boeing 767-300 and 777-200 but concluded that the Airbus A330-200 offered the best economics  Securing delivery slots for new build aircraft was a problem however so the airline began to scour the secondhand market and identified Emirates as a source for used machines.

VH-XFA arrived in Melbourne in plain white livery on 5 March 2011 and conducted various route proving and training flights around Australia. It also gave a precursor to the new Virgin Australia livery when it was fitted with the flying lady emblem and engine

bands for publicity shots in Sydney on 1 April 2011.

VH-XFA positioned for repainting in China and it was sister VH-XFB that appeared in the new colours in Sydney on 4 May 2011 for the official launch of the airline. VH-XFB was also the first aircraft to enter service on the Sydney - Perth route on 26 May 2011 with VH-XFA following the next day.

The two former Emirates machines are configured 27J/251Y with the existing Emirates seats having been re-covered in Virgin Australia leather. Emirates on demand entertainment system, re-christened RED is available at every seat.

New build aircraft began arriving in mid-2012 and these are in 24J/255Y configuration with 2-2-2 Flat Bed rather than 2-3-2 Lie Flat seats in Business Class.

Airbus A330-200

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