Air Pacific Takes Delivery Of First New Airbus A330
NADI, Fiji, March 15, 2013
NADI, Fiji, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Air Pacific (soon to be Fiji
Airways) today announced that it had successfully taken ownership and delivery
of its first-ever brand-newwide bodyaircraft, the Airbus A330-200.
The aircraft is the first of three ordered by the airline in October 2011—the
other two are scheduled to be delivered in May and November, respectively. The
transfer of title and delivery ceremony was completed in Toulouse, France on
Thursday March 14th with Airbus officials, Air Pacific executives, and Air
Pacific's own aircraft delivery team.
The delivery ceremony followed yesterday's announcement that the airline's
international European banking partners had signed the financing agreement for
the first of three new A330-200 aircraft it is purchasing, with a commitment
to finance the two additional aircraft due to be delivered in May and November
of this year, and plans by the airline to make early repayment of some initial
Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) pre-delivery financing.
"As we noted last year when we unveiled our new planes and new name, the
introduction of our new A330 aircraft and re-branding of the airline are the
capstone of three years of incredibly hard work by our entire team to
transform and revitalise Fiji's national carrier and ensure it will be
successful for another 61 years," said Dave Pflieger, Air Pacific's Managing
Director and CEO.
"With the introduction of these fantastic new Fijian themed A330s, our
passengers will finally be able to experience the kind of world-class comfort
and state of the art cabins and in-seat entertainment that we and they believe
should accompany our already award-winning customer service; service that
itself will only get better when we become 'Fiji Airways' in June."
"In addition, and equally important, the introduction of new A330s, the most
fuel efficient aircraft in their category, will also allow us to accomplish a
long overdue modernisation of our fleet that will significantly reduce costs,
increase revenue, and allow us to undertake even more growth in the future,"
Adorned with a stunning new 'Fiji Airways' authentic Fijian brand mark and
design both inside and out, the new A330s will feature comfortable seats with
excellent leg room and in seat power and entertainment in Pacific
Voyager/economy, and TV size entertainment screens and angled lay flat beds in
"We are delighted that the Airbus A330 was chosen as the "canvas" on which to
launch the airline's new brand 'Fiji Airways', said John Leahy, Airbus' Chief
Operating Officer – Customers. The A330 offers the best operating economics
and the most sumptuous cabin of any aircraft in its category and will serve
Air Pacific, soon to be Fiji Airways, well in their ambitions growth plans."
The aircraft now begins an approximately 18,000 kilometer journey from Airbus'
manufacturing centre in Toulouse, France to Nadi, Fiji via Hong Kong. It will
arrive in Nadi on Tuesday, March 19 ata welcome event at the airline's
facilities at the Nadi International Airport.
"We've been preparing for our new Airbus A330 aircraft for almost 18 months
now. Our initial cadre of pilots, engineers, and cabin crew are trained and
ready to go and all of Fiji is eagerly awaiting our first owned and uniquely
designed wide-body aircraft" said Dave Pflieger, Air Pacific's Managing
Director & CEO.
The airline will re-launch as "Fiji Airways" in June of this year, and the
roll out of the carrier's new product and service offering including new
brand, new aircraft interiors and liveries, updated business lounges, new crew
uniforms, new website will continue until the end of 2013 when its last B747
is returned to its overseas owner.
For additional updates and exciting news about the soon to be launched "Fiji
Airways" and "sneak peeks" of the new plane in various markets, please visit
us at fijiairways.com.
ISSUED March 15, 2013 –
Air Pacific Executive Office
For press queries please contact:
Manager Public Relations and Communications
Air Pacific Limited | Nadi, Fiji
Ph: +679 673 7425; Cell: +679 9906164
Ogilvy Public Relations
Ph: 310 280 2448
About Air Pacific: Founded in 1951, Air Pacific is the national airline of
Fiji. It aims to become the airline of choice of the South Pacific, and the
purchase and introduction of three new re-branded "Fiji Airways" Airbus
A330-200s to replace its fleet of Boeing B747-400s and B767s will be the
capstone of the airline's success and turnaround from record losses just 3
years ago. From its hub at Nadi International Airport, Air Pacific and its
subsidiary Pacific Sun fly to 15 cities in 10 countries. Destinations include
Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati,
Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. Air Pacific aircraft bring in over 64 percent of
all visitors who fly to Fiji, and the two companies together employ over 900
employees, earn revenues of over F$675 million ($380m USD), and directly
contribute a significant portion of the country's Gross Domestic Product
(GDP). Air Pacific is scheduled to fly as 'Fiji Airways' in 2013. Visit
www.fijiairways.com for more information.
SOURCE Air Pacific
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