Nadi - Fiji Airways has signed a wet-lease agreement with Miami Air International for a Boeing 737-800 to recover some of its scheduled flights, which have been stopped or reduced due to the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX jets.
The prolonged grounding of Boeing's MAX series jets after two fatal crashes forces airlines look for alternative solutions to compensate their affected operations.
According to a wet-lease agreement signed by the American charter operator and Fiji Airways, Miami Air International aircraft will operate scheduled passenger flights with a Boeing 737-800 on behalf of Fiji Airways on some routes from and to Nadi such as Auckland, Apia, Christchurch, and Brisbane.
The airline said that it made the decision to prevent disruptions in the upcoming peak season. While we recognize that the onboard experience and facilities will differ from our usual offering, we will do everything possible to ensure that our guests continue to enjoy a comfortable experience, also said the Pacific carrier.
Fiji Airways has two immobilized Boeing 737 MAX 8 in its fleet. Compared with the Boeing 737-800 of previous generation, the aircraft is more efficient in terms of fuel consumption and passenger comfort.
Miami Air International is a Miami, Florida based wet-lease operator, which serves on behalf of well-known airlines like British Airways, Air France, and TUI Fly, among others.