Boeing has delivered the first 737 MAX for Fiji Airways, which plans to use the jet to expand and modernise its single-aisle fleet.
“We are thrilled to take delivery of our very first 737 MAX 8, named Island of Kadavu,” said Andre Viljoen, managing director and CEO of Fiji Airways. “The introduction of the 737 MAX is the beginning of a new chapter for Fiji Airways and we look forward to taking advantage of the airplane’s superior performance and economics. These new airplanes will enable us to offer a world-class customer experience through the new Boeing Sky Interior cabins with in-seat entertainment for all guests.”
Fiji Airways plans to take delivery of five MAX 8 aircraft.
Boeing says that compared to the previous 737 model, the MAX 8 can fly 600 nautical miles farther, while providing 14% better fuel efficiency. The MAX 8 can seat up to 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration and fly 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 km).
In addition to modernising its fleet, Fiji Airways will use Boeing Global Services to enhance its operations. These services include Airplane Health Management, which generates real-time, predictive service alerts, and Software Distribution Tools, which enables airlines to securely manage digital ground-based data and manage software parts.