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Virgin tossing between Airbus and Boeing for B747 replacements

In order to keep its trendsetting status, carrier also revamps its crew's uniforms

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Making way for new jets: Virgin Atlantic aims to choose replacements for its seven 747-400s coming off lease around 2019 in the next 12 to 18 months, with Airbus A330 and A350 vying with Boeing's 787 stretch and 777. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[LONDON] Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd said it's ready to assess options for replacing an ageing fleet of Boeing Co 747 jumbo jets that form the heart of its long-haul leisure operation from London's Gatwick airport. Virgin has seven 747-400s coming off lease around 2019 and aims