Airlines Fiji Airways receives first Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus has announced, that Fiji Airways has taken delivery of its very first Airbus A350 XWB. A delivery ceremony was held at the manufacturer´s facility in Toulouse.

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The aircraft, registered as DQ-FAI, was ferried on November 15, 2019 from Toulouse to Dubai. Afterward, the aircraft continued to its main hub at Nadi International Airport. It is the first of two aircraft to join the long-haul fleet of Fiji Airways.

A delivery ceremony was held in Toulouse. Fiji Airways has become the first airline in the South Pacific region to take delivery of an A350 XWB. The state-of-the-art aircraft is also the first aircraft to be directly purchased by DAE Capital from Airbus.

Fiji Airways has configured its A350-900 with 334 seats in a two-class variant. 33 business class passengers can be accommodated and 301 in economy class. Of those 301 economy seats, 39 are designated as Bula Space seats with extra legroom.

The A350 will help Fiji Airways to modernize its long-haul fleet. Currently, the airline operates flights with six Airbus A330s, of which five are A330-200 and one an A330-300. As the A350 is commonly type rated as the A330, Fiji will benefit as pilots and crews are allowed to operate on both aircraft types. Furthermore, Fiji Airways will be able to open new routes with the new aircraft. The second aircraft will join the fleet in the coming years.

Regarding the A350, Airbus explained in a statement: “The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km). It features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions. The A350 XWB’s Airspace cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience.”

As of October 2019, the A350 XWB Family, which consists of the A350-900 and the A350-1000, had received 913 firm orders from 50 customers around the world. According to Airbus, it is one of the most successful wide-

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