Fiji Airways Takes Delivery of Third Brand New Airbus A330

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Fiji Airways has welcomed the third brand new Airbus A330 aircraft to its fleet, capping off a remarkable year of turnaround for Fijis national carrier.

Christened Island of Yasawa-i-rara, after the beautiful chain of islands northwest of Nadi, the new A330 aircraft is adorned with the new Fiji Airways branding and Makereta Matemosis stunning Fijian masi art.

Island of Yasawa-i-rara is the third of three A330s the carrier had on order with Airbus. The three arrivals mark the end of the long haul fleets transition for Fiji Airways, with its remaining Boeing 747 aircraft to be retired shortly. The other A330s in the fleet are named Island of Taveuni and Island of Namuka-i-lau.

Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said, The new A330 is set to not only improve our schedules, but to also boost our profitability and the reliability of our services. It is enabling us to introduce a third Fiji - Hong Kong service from December, and will enable more direct flights to our key markets, as well as many more connections with partner airlines around the globe. The expansion of our long haul fleet is helping to bring the world to Fiji, opening up new source markets for Fiji tourism and helping to boost the Fijian economy.

With three brand new A330 aircraft and a short haul fleet of four newly-refurbished Boeing 737 aircraft, Fiji Airways is embarking on a new five-year plan to re-assess and modernise its fundamental processes, including working on a new network strategy.

This is exciting times for us at Fiji Airways. The arrival of our third A330 marks more than two years of intensive planning to rebuild our airline, and turn it around to profitability; and of course weve had an 18 month brand transition phase to where we are today. As Fijis national airline we are proud to be playing our part in driving Fiji tourism into the future theres a lot to look forward to, added Mr Pichler.

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