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Virgin Atlantic’s Fleet Through Time

by Matt Falcus

With Virgin Atlantic taking delivery of its 12 brand new Airbus A350-1000s, we take a look back at this pioneering British airline founded by Richard Branson in 1984 and the fleet of aircraft types they have flown through the years.


Boeing 747-100 & -200


G-VGIN 747-200 Virgin Atlantic

Airbus A320

Operated both for Virgin Sun and Little Red, the A320 fleet was short-lived.


Boeing 767-300


Airbus A330-200

Airbus A330-300

Airbus A340-300

Airbus A340-600

Boeing 747-400

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner


Virgin’s Airbus A350-1000

Flightline A350 - Virgin Atlantic G-VPOP msn298 F-WZNU

Latest to join the fleet will be the Airbus A350-1000, which will begin serving the London Heathrow to New York JFK route on 10 September (see our A350 Routes Page), before more routes from Heathrow and Gatwick are added.



Future Fleet?

virgin a330neo

Virgin recently announced an order for 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft at the 2019 Paris Air Show. These will be used to replace its older A330 fleet from 2021 and enable further expansion.


Which was your favourite Virgin aircraft? What about your favourite colour scheme? Leave a comment below!





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Dean Russell July 13, 2019 - 8:08 pm

Hi very interesting, on the 320`s, they also operated a A321, under the Virgin sun holidays, these where painted with the usual Virgin tail, and a yellow fuselage, with big white “sun” logo.

Matt Falcus July 14, 2019 - 11:12 am

Thanks Dean. I think I remember Virgin Sun!

Gary Ashcroft July 14, 2019 - 6:45 am

I loved flying on the A340-600. I was lucky enough to go to Hong Kong on them many times. Such a smooth flight and comfortable.

MERVYN CROWE July 16, 2019 - 9:31 am

Well the A340 I just loved to fly in, travelled HKG/LGW in one and a fair time in the jump seats with my teenage son. Those were the days indeed. The silver bodied A340-600 scheme I like the best.
However, theres nothing, just nothing, to beat the majesty of the 747 ( well, maybe the Vickers Vanguard!)

Paul James July 20, 2019 - 3:27 pm

Didn’t they operate a Viscount for a little while in the late 80’s? A bit of nostalgia for me, as my first ever flight was on a Viscount to the Channel Islands (British Midland …….. remember them), Virgin now have their old hangar at LHR don’t they?

Matt Falcus July 21, 2019 - 2:25 pm

You’re right Paul! I remember seeing the Viscounts in Virgin colours.


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