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Looking back at our first Airbus

By: Dave Gunner

July 14, 2016

GVBUS our first Airbus aircraft on a pre-delivery test flight in 1993

GVBUS our first Airbus aircraft on a pre-delivery test flight in 1993

GVBUS our first Airbus aircraft on a pre-delivery test flight in 1993

After our big Airbus A350 announcement at Farnborough on Monday, Throwback Thursday is taking us back to our first ever Airbus aircraft. Since starting flying in 1984 we’d been growing our fleet of Boeing 747s.But as our network grew so did the need for a smaller long haul aircraft. The A340 fitted the bill perfectly and in November 1993 we welcomed G-VBUS to our fleet.

Famously named ‘Lady in Red’ by Princess Diana, the aircraft later went on to fly for Virgin Nigeria and Air Comet.

Richard with Princess Diana naming G-VBUS 'Lady in Red'

Richard with Princess Diana naming G-VBUS ‘Lady in Red’

Our Airbus A340-300 fleet continued to serve us up until Rainbow Lady, G-VSUN, made her farewell flight in July 2015.  We now look forward to welcoming the A350 to our fleet in 2019 and many more happy miles on Airbus aircraft.

Richard inspects G-VBUS at the Airbus Toulouse factory in 1993.

Clipped from our internal magazine – Richard inspects G-VBUS at the Airbus Toulouse factory in 1993.

Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.