Updated: Jan 11
On Friday, Airbus announced the delivery of the first of two new A350-900s to Fiji Airways, which will become the first South Pacific carrier to operate the aircraft type.
Today, Airbus announced that Fiji Airways has taken delivery of the first of two new Airbus A350 XWBs which are being leased from Dubai-based DAE Capital. The aircraft represent the first direct purchase by DAE Capital from Airbus. Fiji Airways will deploy the new A350 XWB on their Nadi to Los Angeles and Nadi to Sydney routes, further solidifying their position as leading South Pacific carrier.
The new aircraft is configured with 33 lie-flat business and 301 economy class seats. Although the cabin is configured in two classes, Fiji Airways has designated 39 of the economy seats as “BULA SPACE” which offer extra legroom. The aircraft has also been fitted with high definition inflight entertainment systems from Thales. Fiji Airways will benefit from the fleet commonality offered by the A350-XWBs, as they already operate six Airbus A330s, allowing flight crews to operate both aircraft types with a common rating.
The Airbus A350-900 extra wide body (XWB) aircraft has a range of up to 15,000 kilometers making is suitable for ultra-long-haul routes. The aircraft’s aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings along with new Rolls-Royce engines, deliver a fuel and emissions reduction of 25%. According to Airbus, the A350 XWBs “Airspace by Airbus” cabin makes the aircraft the quietest twin aisle airplane available. As of October 31, 2019, Airbus has received 913 firm orders for the A350 XWB Family aircraft from 50 customers, making it one of the most successful widebody programs ever.