Virgin Australia has been evaluating the 787 or A350 for a while to simplify its long-haul fleet by the mid-2020s. This was just before COVID hit and a few months before administration, but with the new plan under Bain Capital they’re still aiming for a new widebody type once international demand recovers.
“We do think it will be a very slow recovery in the international sector,” Scurrah says – and by the time it’s bounced back, he intends to have an all-new international fleet, with Boeing 787 Dreamliners previously earmarked for both Asia and the USA.
I don’t think this is officially confirmed, but Virgin Australia has been hinting at the 787 recently.
There should be several available 787s out in the market with Royal Air Maroc supposedly getting rid of four and the rumor that Thai Airways’ restructuring plan will reject leases on its eight 787s.