Suva - The Nadi-based airline operator Fiji Airways to renew its long-haul fleet in the medium term and to decide for the type: A350 XWB, A330neo or the Boeing 787?
According to Fiji Airways' CEO André Viljoen, the discussions are already underway for the replacement of the airline's four A330-200s and an A330-300.
Given the Fiji Airways an annual growth rate of 8%, could the A330s still do their job and what are the alternatives?
The talks with Airbus and Boeing will take several months, but a decision should be made by the end of the year so the deliveries could be made by 2021 or 2022,Viljoen said.
Fijian interim prime minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told parliament last month that Fiji Airways was considering new routes, particularly to China, one of the critical markets for tourism.
In the meantime, Fiji Airways will lease two A330-200s for four years that will do the work until new deliveries.
The airline's long-haul network includes 21 international destinations including four in Australia, three in New Zealand, three in the United States, Singapore, and Hong Kong among others.
After more than nine years of absence in the capital of Japan, Fiji Airways will relaunch next July a direct route to Tokyo from its base Nadi International Airport with three flights per week operated by the first A330-200 leased.