Renton - Boeing delivered the first Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Fiji Airways. The carrier plans to use the aircraft to expand and modernize its 737 fleet.

Fiji Airways will receive four Boeing 737 MAX 8 more over time, equipped with LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and configured to accommodate 186 passengers in two classes (8 seats in the Tabua class and 178 in Economy class).

The first MAX 8 of Fiji Airways was baptized as Island of Kadavu. The arrival of the aircraft marks the beginning of a new chapter for the airline. Boeing's revamped single-aisle can fly a further 600 nautical miles while offering 14% higher fuel efficiency.

Headquartered at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways serves 13 countries and 31 destinations, including Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, United States, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore.

The company also has an extensive network of 108 international destinations through its code share partners.

Besides its four Boeing 737-800 and one Boeing 737-700, the Pacific carrier operates five A330-200 and one A330-300 as well.