Fiji Airways has announced that it will acquire two new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft as part of its wide-body aircraft expansion plans. The new additions will be used to primarily service popular routes between the US and Australia, with exact schedules to be confirmed closer to launch.
Combining the latest aerodynamics, new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB generation engines and use of lightweight materials, the A350 XWB brings a 25% advantage in fuel burn, operating costs and carbon dioxide emissions compared to previous generation similar-sized aircrafts, meaning there is a significant reduction to the airline’s carbon footprint and fuel cost.
Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways’ Managing Director & CEO said: “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 customising the aircraft to our specifications, including our world renowned livery and designs which proudly represent the people of Fiji.”
“Ultimately, a luxury, world-class destination like Fiji deserves a luxury, world-class travel experience and that’s exactly what these aircrafts will deliver. For our guests, the holiday starts the moment they board the aircraft,” said Andre Viljoen.
The Airbus A350 will feature 33 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond, fully lie-flat Business Class beds, with each offering direct aisle access. While Economy Class will feature 301 Recaro CL3710 seats.
“Once the aircraft enter commercial service later this year, our customers will enjoy a truly world class onboard experience, supported by the authentic Fijian hospitality of our crews,” added Viljoen.
The two new A350 XWB aircraft will complement Fiji Airways’ existing wide-body fleet of six Airbus A330s, with delivery set for November and December this year.