Boeing has delivered the first 737 MAX for Fiji Airways, which plans to use longer-range version of the 737 jet to expand its single-aisle fleet. Fiji Airways plans to take delivery of five MAX 8 airplanes, which will supplement its fleet of Next-Generations 737s. Compared to the airline’s 737-800s, the MAX 8 can fly 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 km) an increase of 600 nautical miles of range and can seat up to 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration.
Accepting the aircraft, Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways said: “We are thrilled to take delivery of our very first 737 MAX 8, named Island of Kadavu,” “The introduction of the 737 MAX is the beginning of a new chapter for Fiji Airways and we look forward to taking advantage of the airplane’s superior performance and economics. These new airplanes will enable us to offer a world-class customer experience through the new Boeing Sky Interior cabins with in-seat entertainment for all guests.”
Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing added: “We are delighted to welcome Fiji Airways to the MAX family of operators and we are thrilled they will be the first 737 MAX operator in the Pacific Islands. “We are honored by their continued partnership and confidence in Boeing products. The market-leading efficiency of the MAX will pay immediate dividends for Fiji Airways and will help them improve their operation and route network.”