Virgin Atlantic plans to end its Airbus A340 operations by the end of the year, a spokeswoman told ATW July 29. The four-engine aircraft, which the UK carrier has used since July 2002 in its -300 and -600 variants, has been instrumental in creating the company’s long-haul network. Virgin currently has six A340-600s in service, which will be phased out as the A350-1000 enters service. The airline has 12 A350-1000s on order, with four expected to be in operation by the end of the year. ...

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