Airline Virgin Atlantic is replacing its entire 100-strong LCV fleet with models from the Euro 5 Citroën line-up and orders for 45 have been placed initially. They consist of 22 five-seater Berlingo Crew Vans, Dispatch vans and Relay Dropsides and a Luton-bodied van. They have all been bought outright.
The Berlingo Crew Vans will be used by aircraft engineers while the Dispatch vans will be undertaking longer distance travel between airports, both in the UK and mainland Europe, to collect and deliver time-critical aircraft parts and equipment.
Most of the Relay Dropsides will used by the stores teams to carry items like aircraft wheels and tyres and the Relay Luton van, resplendent in Virgin Atlantic’s distinctive livery, will be based at Heathrow. It will be used by the facilities maintenance crew to move anything from paint to furniture between airports and other company facilities.
Mileages vary significantly with the airport-based vans clocking-up just 5,000 miles annually. At the other end of the scale, some take it in turns to cover a 350 mile route seven days a week.
“When it comes to the combination of low emissions and low whole-life costs you can’t beat Citroën,” said logistics manager, Matt P. Neville. “Because our vehicle usage varies so greatly we have moved away from leasing to direct purchase as it enables us to replace the vans as and when needed, rather than having to stick to a particular timetable.”