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New Jets Good For US, Fiji Ties: Cefkin

Fiji’s decision to buy five Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from American company, Boeing, is a positive step towards the economic relations for both countries, says US Ambassador to Fiji
24 Nov 2016 11:00
New Jets Good  For US, Fiji  Ties: Cefkin
US Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin

Fiji’s decision to buy five Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from American company, Boeing, is a positive step towards the economic relations for both countries, says US Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin.

Ms Cefkin spoke at the announcement of the decision by the national carrier, Fiji Airways, to acquire the five new planes – the first of two to arrive in 2018.

“It’s a very, very exciting day today and we are very pleased to be here with friends from Boeing and its partners. I would like to thank the Honourable Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Fiji Airways. This is really an auspicious occasion,” she said.

“I believe that this will benefit both countries and this decision to purchase the B737Max is another positive step in US-Fiji economic relations.

“Last year there were close to 68,000 visitors to Fiji from the United States and this purchase will assist in growing this. We are also very pleased to see Fiji making a mark on the international stage.”

Boeing is pleased that Fiji Airways has announced its commitment to purchase five 737 MAX 8s.

“Boeing is honoured that Fiji Airways has selected the 737 MAX for its fleet renewal plan and we look forward to welcoming Fiji Airways as our newest 737 MAX customer,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The 737 MAX, with its superior economics and capability, is the ideal airplane for Fiji Airways, allowing them to expand into new markets throughout Oceania and Southeast Asia.”

When finalised, the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

Earlier this year Boeing celebrated its 100 years anniversary. Fiji Airways has been doing business with Boeing Company for 35 years now.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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