31 May 2007

Air Pacific to go ahead with buying new jets

7:27 am on 31 May 2007

Fiji's national Airline, Air Pacific, is to go ahead with its commitment to buy five new jet aircraft despite suffering a serious loss in revenue after the December military takeover.

Fiji TV reports that Air Pacific has ordered five new Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner state of the art aircraft at a cost of almost 1-billion US dollars.

Boeing will allow Air Pacific 12 years to pay off the jets from the time the first aircraft is delivered in 2011.

The Dreamliners will replace Air Pacific's Being 767 and its two Boeing 747 aircraft on routes to the United States , Canada , Japan , Australia and New Zealand .

Its 737 fleet is new and will continue to be in service for some years.