Fiji Airways Receives Delivery of New Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

Posted: December 4, 2018

Fiji Airways has received a boost to its expansion aims with the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The 737 MAX jet is a fuel-efficient, longer-range version of Boeing’s 737 airplanes.

Fiji Airways is also looking to renew its current single-aisle fleet and will employ Boeing Global Services to help improve its operations.

Services comprise airplane health management designed to create real-time, predictive service alerts, as well as software distribution tools, which allow airlines to securely manage digital ground-based data and manage software parts.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO aid Andre Viljoen said: “The introduction of the 737 MAX is the beginning of a new chapter for Fiji Airways and we look forward to taking advantage of the airplane’s superior performance and economics.

“These new airplanes will enable us to offer a world-class customer experience through the new Boeing Sky Interior cabins with in-seat entertainment for all guests.”

Fiji Airways is also expected to receive five new Boeing MAX 8 aircraft.

The MAX family of aircraft is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines and features Advanced Technology winglets.

It also boasts improved airframe capabilities to enhance performance and minimise operating costs.

The aircraft is a successor of the 737 model and can accommodate 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration. It can fly at a range of 6,570km.

Boeing Commercial Sales and Marketing senior vice-president Ihssane Mounir said: “The market-leading efficiency of the MAX will pay immediate dividends for Fiji Airways and will help them improve their operation and route network.”

In a separate development, Boeing delivered its 2,000th airplane, a 737 MAX jet, to China’s Xiamen Airlines.

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