Suva - Fiji Airways chooses Airbus A350-900 to increase its long-haul capacity. The airline will acquire two aircraft from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) by the end of this year on a long-term lease agreement.
The Pacific carrier was considering both Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner for its widebody fleet expansion. Today the state-owned company announced that it would acquire two new Airbus A350-900 by the end of this year.
“We are extremely pleased with this selection and proud of the confirmed arrangements with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Capital as the lessor, and Rolls-Royce as the engine supplier. Our teams are currently customizing the aircraft to our specifications, including our world-renowned livery and designs which proudly represent the people of Fiji," said Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO Andre Viljoen.
“Bula Vinaka to Fiji Airways’ stunning new A350s! We are truly proud to see Fiji Airways’ eye-catching livery on our A350 XWB, which will make it the launch carrier from the South Pacific region. We also congratulate DAE Capital on becoming the newest Airbus customer to recognize the A350 – the only new high capacity intercontinental aircraft in the world – hardly surprising as its fuel efficiency, sustainability, and passenger comfort are simply unmatched," said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
Fiji Airways plans to use its Airbus A50-900s on routes to Australia, New Zealand, and the US.
The long-haul routes of the carrier are currently being served by five Airbus A330-200 and one Airbus A330-300.
The Airbus A350s of Fiji Airways will offer 33 fully lie-flat Business Class seats with direct aisle access. The Economy cabin will feature 301 Recaro CL3710 seats, which are considered among the most comfortable long-haul economy class seats on the market.