Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, has formally rolled out its soon-to-be-adopted new ‘Fiji Airways’ identity with the delivery of its first new Airbus A330-200.
Although the carrier will officially adopt the ‘Fiji Airways’ brand in June, the aircraft will begin commercial services on April 2. The Airbus A330-200 was officially accepted by Nick Caine, Air Pacific’s chief financial officer, at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse on March 15.
The aircraft is the first painted in Fiji Airways’ new livery depicting traditional Fijian symbols of welcome, caring and the connection of its people to their islands. The livery was designed by Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi.
Fiji Airways’ new A330-200 is the first from an order for three A330-200s placed in 2011. The newly renamed Fiji Airways will use the aircraft to replace Air Pacific’s Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 767-300ER widebodies with newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
“We are determined to become the airline of choice in the South Pacific,” said Dave Pflieger, managing director and CEO of Air Pacific. “Our distinctive livery conveys the warmth and hospitality of our home.”
Pflieger added: “Our passengers will experience superior comfort with our state-of-the-art cabin products once we start commercial operations with the A330 in April, with even better features and products to be rolled out once we become ‘Fiji Airways’ in June. The A330 is the most fuel efficient aircraft in its category and allows us to optimize our network and modernize our fleet to ensure future growth.”
The Airbus A330 family, which spans 250 to 300 seats in typical two-or three-class cabin configurations and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted orders for well over 1,200 aircraft.
Approximately 900 A330s are now flying with some 90 operators worldwide.