Virgin Australia selling two A330's?

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Jgrae

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 04 Sep 2018

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I flew on a Virgin Australia A330 recently and one of the cabin crew told me that VA have sold 2xA330's (or are in the process of) to Virgin Atlantic. Wondering if this is gossip or true?

S

Member since 13 Sep 2013

Total posts 110

Likely gossip. I've typically found that the cabin crew know less than anyone when it comes to airline goss.

DanV

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Nov 2017

Total posts 64

Highly likely a rumour. VA doesn't own their A330s, they lease all 6 of them.
First batch of them come off lease in mid 2022 (10 year term per A330).

Dan22

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Aug 2013

Total posts 76

Not selling, just transferring lease.

Jgrae

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 04 Sep 2018

Total posts 5

Originally Posted by Dan22

Not selling, just transferring lease.

Interesting... I'm assuming it's because East - West coast flights aren't as profitable as the 737's.. And now no HKG flights and only Japan as the A330 destination outside Aus. I wonder if they will put the A330 MEL/SYD - DPS? Would love your thoughts

Dan22

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Aug 2013

Total posts 76

Doubt a330s are profitable to fly to Bali - low premium yeild. Qantas has a greater frequent flyer base so guess they were able to make it work for them. Really wouldn't know where else virgin could fly to. China and HK failed. Japan is covered with ANA partnership. America's done. Singapore too. Maybe reinstate the Perth to Abu Dhabi on an A330 that never eventuated when they announced it back in 2017. Fill the gap that Etihad couldn't continue. When I think about it seems like a bit of a waste having a long haul international arm when they only serve 2 destinations. Should just rely on codeshares and keep domestic and short haul international as base business.

Jazzop

Member since 02 Dec 2016

Total posts 102

So selling, not selling, either way, does this mean VA are reducing their A332s by 2?

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