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Virgin's widebody flies to Fiji

Virgin Australia will send larger aircraft to Fiji to meet growing demand for travel between Australia and the island country.

Virgin Australia will send larger aircraft to Fiji to meet growing demand for travel between Australia and the island country.

 

From 4 April, the airline will replace the Boeing 737 with the widebody A330-200 on select flights between Sydney and Nadi. This adds an additional 279 seats on the route.

The aircraft has 24 lie-flat business class seats, which triples the number of premium class seats already available on the route.

The plane also has select menus onboard created by Australian celebrity chef, Luke Mangan.

The aircraft will fly on Saturdays during peak travel periods in April, winter and select days during the Christmas and New Year period.

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Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said the change is part of a strategy to ensure the airline has a fleet capable of supporting future customer demand.

It also helps the airline compete with Fiji Airways and Jetstar, which currently fly on the same route.

“Fiji will be our first international A330 destination since acquiring the aircraft in 2010.”

Judith Crompton, Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer 

Virgin Australia operates up to 22 flights per week between Nadi, Fiji and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Earlier this year, Virgin said the A330 will also be introduced between Sydney and Melbourne during select morning weekday peak periods as well as during international sporting events where there are peaks in demand during short periods.

Last year, Virgin CEO John Borghetti said he is considering other international destinations for the A330 such as Singapore or Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, last week the airline sent its first Business Class product over the Tasman to New Zealand as part of plans to rollout the premium service in NZ and the Pacific Islands.

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