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Virgin Australia retires Embraer fleet and accepts final B737NG

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February 9th 2018

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Virgin Australia has retired its last Embraer E190 jet after a flight from Newcastle to Brisbane. Read More » The carrier used to operate up to 21 Embraer aircraft.

The airline decided to phase out the Embraer jets in 2016 as part of its cost saving efforts that also included the transition of its budget subsidiary, Tigerair, from an all-A320 operator to an all-B737 carrier.

In the meantime, the Brisbane-headquartered airline has taken delivery of its final on order B737NG from Boeing, which was ferried from Seattle to Brisbane, via Kona and Nadi, on January 31. Virgin Australia’s fleet is six A330-200s, five B777-300ERs and 82 B737NGs.

Virgin Australia will then begin accepting its next tranche of new aircraft; the first of 40 on-order B737MAXs is scheduled to be delivered to be delivered from the second half of next year.

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