Virgin Australia has ordered 23 from Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
On 6 July 2012, Boeing and Virgin Australia have entered into an agreement for 23 aircraft Boeing 737 MAX and with the option of ordering 4 737 MAX again. With this firm order, Virgin Australia became the first airline in Australia to opt for the new aircraft type and to add to the 68 Boeing 737 Next Generation units.
The new 737 MAX reduces fuel consumption by up to 13% due to engines CFM International LEAP-1B. This model was designed to consume less and require less maintenance, thus greatly reducing costs / passenger. The aircraft is recommended for the low cost of operation in the single-aisle category.
Virgin Australia started operations with 2 Boeing 737 in August 2000. Currently operating a fleet of 73 Boeing units.
The aeroons for all Boeing 737 aircraft are manufactured in Australia by Boeing Aerostructures Australia.