27 Apr 2006

Air Pacific to buy new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft

9:41 am on 27 April 2006

Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific has signed a 928-million US dollar deal to buy a new fleet of five Boeing-787-9 Dreamliners.

Air Pacific has also secured a favorable deal to buy another three Dreamliners in the future.

The airline's managing director, John Campbell says the 320-seater plane will enable the company to offer four million seats a year compared with 2.3 million seats available on the current fleet.

The Dreamliner planes will start replacing the current all-Boeing fleet from 2011 and fly on key routes from Nadi to Australia, New Zealand , North America and Japan.

The Dreamliners are high technology planes which will have lower maintenance and fuel costs than current planes and be able to fly 16,300km nonstop.

Boeing's vice president and chief financial officer, Rob Paterick, who signed the agreement in Suva, says Air Pacific is one of the great success stories of South Pacific aviation and has consistently produced profits in the face of tough competition.