Fiji Airways – First South Pacific Operator of the Airbus A350XWB

From left to right: Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer Airbus; The Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, attorney general and minister responsible for Civil Aviation; Dave Houlihan, president DAE Capital; Jacqueline Sutton, chief customer officer Rolls-Royce; Andries Viljoen MD and CEO Fiji Airways. (Photo: Airbus)

Fiji Airways has become the first airline from the South Pacific region to take delivery of the A350 XWB. The A350-900 which was delivered following a ceremony in Toulouse, is the first of two that will join Fiji Airways’ fleet. Both aircraft are being leased from Dubai-based DAE Capital. The aircraft are the first to be directly purchased by DAE Capital from Airbus.

Fiji Airways will use the A350 XWB on its Nadi-Los Angeles and Nadi-Sydney routes.

The aircraft will fly in a two-class layout with 334 seats including 33 full flat business and 301 economy class seats, 39 of which are designated as BULA SPACE seats with extra legroom. The they are equipped with Thales in-flight high definition entertainment systems.

Fiji Airways currently operates a fleet of six A330 Family and will benefit from the common type rating with the A350 XWB which allows pilots and crews to operate on both aircraft types.