Virgin Australia Group is adding the Boeing 737 MAX to its growing single-aisle fleet after converting 10 orders for the 737 MAX 8 for the larger MAX 10 variant.
The airline, which has a number of 737 MAX 8s on order, said it saw the value of adding the MAX 10 to the mix as the aircraft will provide additional capacity and flexibility.
Virgin Australia Group chief financial officer, Geoff Smith said: “We are pleased to be welcoming the 737 MAX 10 aircraft into our expanding fleet in 2022.
“The addition of the 737 MAX 10 will provide us with additional flexibility and capability to support our network and operations. We are proud to become Australia’s first operator of the 737 MAX and we look forward to the opportunities that operating this type of aircraft will open up to us.”
Virgin Australia Group is the country’s second-largest airline with a fleet of more than 130 aircraft. The Next-Generation 737 has formed the backbone of the Group’s fleet with more than 80 currently in operation and the 737 MAX is expected to bolster the Group’s fleet.