Boeing has delivered the first 737 MAX 8 for Fiji Airways which it will use to expand its operations and it is the first of eight of the aircraft type it will receive.
Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer, Andre Viljoen said: “We are thrilled to take delivery of our very first 737 MAX 8, named Island of Kadavu.
“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.”
The MAX 8 can seat up to 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration and fly 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 kilometres) – 600 nautical miles further than the previous 737 model.
Based at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways serves 13 countries and 31 destinations including Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands (Oceania), the United States, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.