Report by Mark Elliott of Travel Daily Asia
Fiji Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 – the largest aircraft in its fleet.
The new twin-aisle aircraft, which has been named “Island of Rotuma”, comes equipped with 313 seats – 24 in business class and 289 in economy. The economy class cabin also features a “Quiet Zone”.
The A330-300 will be deployed on the airline’s long-haul routes to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
“This aircraft is more than just another addition to the fleet of our national airline; it is a symbol of a modern, progressive nation, which remains proud of its roots, culture and identity, while moving with the times to embrace the opportunities of the future,” said Fiji President Jioji Konousi Konrote, who was on board the aircraft when it touched down at Nadi International Airport.
“This aircraft will bring real economic opportunities for our people, because almost 65% of all visitors who travel to Fiji travel on Fiji Airways. And the more seats we have, and the better our service and overall flight experience, the more we will be able to attract more travellers. We are competing in the premier division of air travel, and we want to win.”
The A330-300, which is expected to begin commercial flights this month, joins Fiji Airways’ fleet of three A330-200s, five Boeing 737s and three ATR turboprops operated by Fiji Link.