Fiji Airways has announced that they would select the Boeing 737-8 MAX to replace the existing narrow-body aircraft in the fleet.
This deal includes Boeing and GECAS which is a 12-year sale and leaseback financing of five airplanes. The first two 737-8s will be delivered in 2018 with the rest being delivered a year later.
“As a consequence of the fierce competition between rival bidders and the extensive process followed by Fiji Airways, we have achieved a ground-breaking package deal that represents excellent value for our shareholder, customers and stakeholders”
Andre Vilijoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO
Vilijoen also commented that the aircraft would have 170 seats arranged in two classes (Business and Economy), and that the airline team would “work on the cabin designs and fittings to Fiji Airways specifications.”
The planes will be deployed on Fiji Airways’ services to Australia, Hawaii, Kiribati, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu
“Fiji Airways will have one of the youngest fleets in the Asia Pacific. This means not only lower operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint but a level of comfort and service for the travelling public that represents yet another leap forward to our national airline”
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney Feneral and Minister of Civil Aviation, on behalf of the Government of the Fiji Islands, major stockholder of the airline.
The latest upgrade follows the addition of four new Airbus A330 widebodies from 2013