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-new wide body aircraft, 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
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
's national carrier and ensure it will be successful for another 61 years," said
, 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," he added.