Virgin Atlantic will retire its Boeing 747 fleet by 2021

Virgin Atlantic will replace its Boeing 747 fleet with Airbus A350-1000s.

Virgin Atlantic has ordered 12 Airbus A350-1000s, with the first due to be delivered in late summer and three more by the end of the year.

Virgin Atlantic currently has eight 747-400 in its fleet. The company owns only three of them. The remaining five jumbo jets are leased, they are between 18 and 23 years old.