Virgin America is taking fewer deliveries of new planes as the economy continues to grow slowly and fuel prices remain high, CEO David Cush told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Friday.
"We have 50 aircraft now and so we feel comfortable slowing down the growth," Cush said. "But I would say the key thing we've seen in the two years since we initially made this order is the increase in fuel prices and basically what is a slowly growing economy. When you do the math, it doesn't make sense to go in and continue the rapid expansion."
Since Virgin America is a young airline, it also doesn't need to replace an aging fleet of planes with new, more fuel-efficient jets.