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.

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The carrier plans to unveil its new branding and logo in early July; and then to release images of its new livery and aircraft interiors in October, in conjunction with Fiji Day. The new brand will be rolled out over the upcoming 18 months.

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The two airlines say the new codeshare will give American’s customers more travel options throughout the South Pacific and Air Pacific customers easier access to major business centers in the United States.

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Airbus says that Air Pacific ordered the three A330-200s both to renew and to grow its long-haul fleet. However, Air Pacific already operates three long-haul aircraft, so it appears possible the Fiji carrier could add to its Airbus widebody order over time.

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