It may not be the first time the South Pacific sees the aircraft (thanks to Qatar Airways & Singapore Airlines), but it will be the first time it’s based down here when Fiji Airways receives its first A350-900.

Travellers were given the first look at Fiji Airways’ A350-900 last week when it rolled out of the Airbus paint shop sporting the airline’s eye-catching livery.

Fiji Airways was sprawled across the body while the tail caught attention with traditional Fijian patterns.

Read on for more information on the aircraft:

 

WHAT SETS THE AIRCRAFT APART FROM THE REST?

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As a whole, the A350 is described as “the world’s most modern and eco-efficient aircraft” with a longer ranger than most large widebody planes in the market.

The aircraft consumes 25 percent less fuel thanks to its aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, and its new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engine.

Fiji Airways’ A350 will set itself apart with 33 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond fully lie-flat Business Class beds. Each comes with direct aisle access.

Economy Class will feature 2013 Recaro CL3710 seats that have been ranked among the most comfort long-haul economy seats.

 

HOW WILL THE AIRCRAFT COMPLEMENT FIJI AIRWAYS’ FLEET?

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Fiji Airways has an order for two A350 XWB. The aircraft believes these planes will complement its existing widebody fleet of six A330s.

 

NOW THAT IT’S OUT OF THE PAINT SHOW, WHAT’S NEXT?

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Following the paint job, the A350-900 began the final phase of the assembling process, which includes the installation of engines and testing.

The aircraft will be delivered later this year, followed by a second in December.

Fiji Airways will utilise the aircraft on long haul services from Fiji to Australia and the USA.

Click here for more information on the airline.