4 December, 2018, 10:05 am
FIJI Airways’ new Boeing 737 MAX 8 will give Fiji Airways “14 per cent better fuel efficiency”, says CEO and managing director Andre Viljoen.
While welcoming the first of five Boeing 737 MAX 8s to its headquarters in Nadi yesterday, he said the new aircrafts would provide the company with substantially improved fuel savings and efficiencies.
“Fuel accounts for more than 30 per cent of our cost base,” he said.
“Fuel prices have sharply increased over the past year beyond predictions, and continue to bite all airlines, even those who hedge their fuel prices.
“Airlines are already reporting eroded profits, due in no insignificant part, to the increase in fuel price Fiji Airways will be no different.”
He said the new technology that comes with the Boeing 737 MAX 8, allowed the airline to save its fuel costs.
“The Boeing MAX 8 aircraft with CFM International’s LEAP 1B engines immediately offers us 14 per cent better fuel efficiency,” he said.
“They can fly further, up to 6570kilometres and carry more passengers.
“We have opted for a configuration of eight business Class seats and 162 economy class seats, which are more than the seats in our existing Boeing 737 NG aircraft.”
He said five of the airline’s Boeing 737 NG aircraft would be replaced by the Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
“We have truly world class partners with some of the biggest names in aviation partnering with us to deliver a fleet that Fiji Airways and Fiji will be proud of, and an experience that our customers will love.
“Boeing, the manufacturers of this beautiful aircraft confirm that the Boeing 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating about 4800 orders from more than 100 customers worldwide.”
He added that once all five aircraft were included into Fiji Airways, the company would have one of the youngest fleet in the world.