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Island of Viti Levu To be Part Of Dubai Airshow On Way Here

The Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft, Island of Viti Levu will be part of the Dubai Air Show on November 17 and 18, on the way home from Toulouse.
26 Oct 2019 11:44
Island of Viti Levu To be Part Of Dubai Airshow On Way Here
First A350-941 for Fiji Airways performing its rejected take off test prior to the first flight. To be D2-FAI. Airliners.net photo from Airbus centre at Toulouse, France.

The Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft, Island of Viti Levu will be part of the Dubai Air Show on November 17 and 18, on the way home from Toulouse.

This was confirmed by the Fiji Airways as Managing Director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen in an interview yesterday.

Mr Viljoen noted that Fiji Airways are very excited to confirm the first Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft, is coming home on Saturday, November 23.
About the Dubai Airshow

The Dubai Airshow is a five day event being held from November 17 to November 21 at the Dubai Airshow Site, DWC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The record-breaking Dubai Airshow is one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, connecting aerospace professionals across all areas of the industry to facilitate successful global trade.

Dubai is continuing to grow and outpace traditional markets as it becomes an increasingly important global aerospace hub.

Exhibitors and visitors attend the Dubai Airshow to take advantage of this growth and build their brand.

Mr Viljoen highlighted: 

-The A350 is named ISLAND OF VITI LEVU, after Fiji’s largest island. This is very fitting, as the first A350 will be the largest aircraft in our fleet.

-We want the November 23rd arrival to be a national event, enjoyed by everyone in the country.

-We have no doubt that all Fijian hearts will swell with pride when they see their very own National Airline’s colours on the most modern commercial aircraft in the world. It’s a gamer changer for Fiji Airways and Fiji.

-In fact, the Fiji Airways A350 is so spectacular, that Airbus asked us to display it at the Dubai Air Show on November 17th and 18th, on the way home from Toulouse.

-This is a massive honour for Fiji Airways and for Fiji, to have our aircraft displayed as the central attraction for Airbus in one of the largest air-shows in the world.

-After Dubai, the A350 will also stop enroute – in Brisbane and then in Sydney, so we are able to have our trade partners and travel agents see the aircraft. This will help them sell our A350 experience to more and more guests.

-After Brisbane and Sydney, our A350 will be on its way home on Saturday November 23rd.

-The aircraft will approach Viti Levu at 12 noon and, subject to weather and relevant clearances, do a low fly-over of Nausori, Suva, Pacific Harbour, Sigatoka, the Mamanuca Islands, before touching down at Nadi at 12.50pm.

-There will be numerous opportunities for these Fijian people to engage with us prior to and on the day of the A350 arrival, so please ‘Watch this Space’.

-We will be giving away quite a few flights on the A350 as part of the build-up campaign, so there will be lots of excitement, leading right up to the day of arrival.

-The aircraft undertook its Test Flight at the Airbus facility in Toulouse yesterday (early Thursday morning FJ Time), and that went extremely well.

Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen.

Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen.

First Flights and Regular Routes

-The first commercial flight of the A350 will be on December 1st – a Nadi-Sydney and a Sydney-Nadi service.

-Guests on these flights will enjoy an experience to remember. They will make history by being the first commercial guests on the first Fiji Airways A350.

-If you’re planning a trip to Sydney in early December, this is one flight you have to be on!

-From January 1, the A350 will fly daily between Nadi and Sydney and Nadi and Los Angeles.

-So all guests coming from LA will fly exclusively on the A350!

Mr Viljoen added that Fiji Airways is transitioning its local pilots first from flying the A330 to A350s.

In terms of the MAX8 situation, he said, they are waiting Boeing to finish all the work they are doing and the regulators to approve it.

“We follow up with Boeing regularly the latest forecast they believe is by early next year.

However he said, the matters are kept confidential with ongoing discussion with them like all the other international airlines have with them.
He also highlighted that they will no longer fly the A330 aircraft on key routes.

“Leased older will be do charter works and a few in between flights.

“Eventually leaving our fleets.

“Most of our aircraft are brand new and young aircraft and will continuing flying for many more years and will do the job really well.”

The first A350-941 for Fiji Airways first test flight at the Airbus facility in Toulouse. It will be part of the Dubai Air Show on November 17 and 18, on the way home from Toulouse.

The first A350-941 for Fiji Airways first test flight at the Airbus facility in Toulouse. It will be part of the Dubai Air Show on November 17 and 18, on the way home from Toulouse.

Qantas situation

He said Qantas  is a commercial partner and also competitor.

“We welcome competition if it’s a level playing field. However, with a large airline with its enormous market power in Australia, this isn’t the case and we feel that is quite unfair.”
Academy:

Construction of the Fiji Aviation Academy is progressing well in Nadi, with two CAE full flight simulators already installed.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum toured the site on Thursday and met with staff and trainers.

He was accompanied by Mr Viljoen, Chief Operating Officer, Captain Paul Doherty, and Shaenaz Voss, Executive General Manager, Fiji Link and Group Corporate, International and Government Affairs.

The academy includes ground training facilities for flight school and cabin crew training.

Mr Viljoen said: “Early December, we will be training our pilots with the simulators and third parties from other airlines.

“We have a few airlines from around the world who will be contracted with us.

“It will be basically airlines that will be sending their pilots for training and they are still in the process of negotiating their contracts with them.”

The academy will officially open next year.
Fiji Airways A350 Features and Benefits:

-There are numerous features of the A350 that our customers will enjoy

-Every single one of our 33 Business Class seats are direct aisle-access, in a 1-2-1 configuration.

-All of them are fully lie flat with lots of personal space, offering lots of privacy and allowing our Cabin Crew to deliver high quality personal service to every guest in Business Class.

-Our 301 Economy Class seats are among the most comfortable on the market.

-The first few rows of Economy Class offer 34” seat pitch. We will call this area of Economy – BULA SPACE – as it will offer customer a lot more room.

-The A350 has the quietest cabin of any modern passenger jet!

-Its modern air conditioning and air recycling systems give it the best possible air quality in the cabin at altitude.

-This really means that that air is fresher and guests can relax and arrive at their destination feeling fresh!

-I could go on and on about the features, but we will share these with the country over the next few weeks.

-However, I’d like to highlight that the most important feature of the aircraft will remain the Fiji Airways Cabin Crew.

-Our crew have been ranked among the Top 20 in the world and the Best in Australia Pacific.

-Now they will have the world’s most modern aircraft on which to host our guests.

-And I can tell you that they are very excited about the A350.

-As are all our pilots who will fly the aircraft.

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