Fiji Airways has become the first airline from the South Pacific region to take delivery of the wide-body A350 XWB.
The A350-900 is the first of two A350 XWBs that will join Fiji Airways’ fleet. Both aircraft are being leased from Dubai-based DAE Capital. The aircraft are the first to be directly purchased by DAE Capital from Airbus.
Delivering new levels of fuel efficiency, Fiji Airways will operate the A350 XWB on its Nadi-Los Angeles and Nadi-Sydney routes. This will further boost the airline’s position as a leading carrier from the South Pacific region, as well as contribute to the ongoing growth of Fiji’s tourism sector and wider economy.
Configured in a two-class layout with 334 seats including 33 full flat business and 301 economy class seats, 39 of which are designated as BULA SPACE seats with extra legroom, passengers will enjoy new levels of space and comfort as well as Thales in-flight high-definition entertainment systems.
Fiji Airways currently operates a fleet of A330 and will benefit from the common type rating with the A350 XWB which allows pilots and crews to operate on both aircraft types.
The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km). It features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines.
Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions. The A350 XWB’s Airspace cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience.
About Fiji Airways
Fiji Airways is the flag carrier airline of Fiji. It is based in Nadi and operates international and domestic services to 10 countries and 17 cities around the Pacific.
Routes: Fiji Airways operates direct flights from Fiji to the U.S. (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu), Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne), New Zealand (Auckland), Hong Kong, and Singapore as well as regional flights to Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Tonga and Samoa.
Fleet: Fiji Airways currently operates 15 aircraft.
- 4 Airbus A330
- 5 Boeing 737
- 3 ATR
- 3 Twin Otters
Passenger numbers: About 1.5 million a year.
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