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Fiji Airways flags increased service to Australia and NZ as fifth 737 joins fleet

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 28, 2015

Fiji Airways's newest addition to its fleet, a Boeing 737-800 arrives at Nadi Airport. (Fiji Airways)
Fiji Airways’s newest addition to its fleet, a Boeing 737-800 arrives at Nadi Airport. (Fiji Airways)

Fiji Airways plans to boost frequencies to Australia and New Zealand after taking delivery a fifth Boeing 737 this week.

The leased 737, named Island of Ovalau and with registration DQ-FJN, landed at Nadi on Wednesday from the Netherlands, Fiji Airways said in a statement.

Fiji Airways chairman Nalin Patel said the arrival of the Boeing narrowbody, which is on lease from AerCap and previously flew with Air Berlin, would help strengthen the airline’s position as the aviation leader in the Pacific.

“This new aircraft comes at an important time for us,” Patel said.

“It will contribute straight-away to our network, as we prepare to start direct services between Wellington and Nadi from June 25th on Thursdays and Sundays all year around.

“This aircraft will also allow us to add an extra service from Christchurch, also making that a twice-weekly connection to Fiji all year round as well.

“With this addition to our fleet we become larger and stronger.”


The airline also planned to add more daylight flights to Brisbane and boost service to Sydney and Auckland.

The arrival of DQ-FJN, which is configured with eight business and 172 economy class seats, lifts Fiji Airways’ fleet to eight aircraft comprising four Boeing 737-800s, one 737-700 and three Airbus A330-200 widebodies.

The airline said in January it would also take delivery of an Airbus A330-300 in December.


Comments (4)

  • Craigy


    “Aviation leader of the Pacific” What planet is Patel on?

  • Marc


    Most likely the context is Pacific Islands.

  • Reggie


    y can’t Fiji Airways buy a Boeing 777-200 or 777-300 instead off Airbus A330-300?

  • John


    FJ really needs a daily daytime flight BNE/NAN. Red eyes suck & connect with very little beyond Fiji.

    The new A330-300 due to arrive is not showing in any schedules from January ?

    Presume it can do, all the routes the the A330-200 can ?

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