Air Pacific to acquire three new Airbus aircraft


<p style="text-align: justify;">The Pacific Islands region’s leading airline Air Pacific, jointly owned by the Fijian government and Qantas, is investing nearly US$600 million in acquiring three new wide bodied Airbus aircraft to replace its ageing long haul jet fleet.<!--more--></p>

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<p style="text-align: justify;">The Airbus A330-200 model will replace its Boeings – 747 and 767 aircraft. “This decision is a significant milestone in our 60-year history because it will be our first-ever purchase of new wide-body airplanes, and these state-of-the art A330s are clearly going to be planes that our customers and the people of Fiji will be thrilled to fly,” the airline’s managing director and chief executive, Dave Pflieger told media.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Earlier, the airline cancelled its order of Boeing’s much delayed, new state of the art 787, which flew successful passenger trials in Asia just last month.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The planes cost about US$200 million apiece and the first of the three is expected to arrive in early 2013 followed by the other two later in the year. A330-200 is a fuel-efficient aircraft that will use 45 per cent less fuel than the present fleet, according to Air Pacific. The planes will fly the Fiji to Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles routes.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">According to Mr Pflieger, the new aircraft will be kitted out to “embody the beauty and spirit of Fiji and its 333 islands.”</p>
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