(08 Aug 2021)
Fiji Airways has returned two leased Airbus A330-200
aircraft, Island of Beqa (DQ-FJO) and Island of Vatulele (DQ-FJP),
a few months ahead of their end-of-lease.
The two aircraft joined
Fiji Airways fleet in May and July 2018 as part of a short-term
lease from the lessor.
Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director
& CEO, said, “The two aircraft were added to the fleet in 2018 to
boost the capacity in the short-term, allowing for increase in
frequency and launch of new routes like Tokyo Narita. The
aircraft were invaluable to helping Fiji Airways recover schedules
following disruptions caused by the global grounding of the Boeing
737 MAX aircraft.”
The two A330-200s had been in the Fiji
Airways’ parking programme since March 2020 due to the COVID19
pandemic-driven grounding of the wider fleet.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we worked
hard with the lessors of these aircraft to allow for an early
return by a few months. This was only possible because these two
A330s were short-term and nearing end of lease. Still, we’ll take
every little win in our efforts to reduce fixed costs as we tide
through this pandemic,” added Viljoen.
Fiji Airways jet fleet now consists of two
A350-900, three A330-200, one A330-300, five Boeing 737 MAX, and
two Boeing 737NG aircraft.
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