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Fiji Airways has placed an order for two Airbus A350-900s in an effort to broaden their international network.

The aircraft will be leased from DAE Capital, which is a leasing company based in Dubai. Once in the hands of Fiji Airways, the airline will become the newest operator for the type.

With six Airbus A330s operating international flights for the airline, the A350 came as the natural choice thanks to its excellent commonality, meaning current A330 pilots can fly the new aircraft with only “differences training”.

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Fiji Airways plans to fit their A350-900s with 33 full lie-flat business class seats and 301 economy class seats, incorporating the latest cabin options available.

The business class seats will be the Collins Aerospace Super Diamond model and the economy seats will be the Recaro CL3710 type, both featuring Thales’ Avant entertainment systems. Wi-Fi will also be available for passengers throughout the aircraft too.

With its added range and greater capacity, the A350-900 will allow Fiji Airways to add new routes, expanding their Fiji base, however for now the airline plans to operate the aircraft on the existing Australian and North American routes.

First delivery for the type is right around the corner too, with both jets heading to the airline in November and December this year.

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