Fiji Airways returns its two leased A330-200 aircraft a few months ahead of its end of lease

Fiji Airways returns its two leased A330-200 aircraft a few months ahead of its end of lease

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 30/07/2021
Fiji Airways A330-200 aircraft.

Fiji Airways is returning its two leased A330-200 aircraft, Island of Beqa and Island of Vatulele, a few months ahead of its end of lease.

The two aircraft joined Fiji Airways fleet in May and July 2018 as part of a short-term lease from the lessor.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Andre Viljoen says the two aircraft were added to the fleet in 2018 to boost the capacity in the short-term, allowing for increase in frequency and launch of new routes like Tokyo.

Viljoen says the aircraft were invaluable to helping Fiji Airways recover schedules following disruptions caused by the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

He says the two returning A330-200s have been in the Fiji Airwaysโ€™ parking programme since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic-driven grounding of the wider fleet.

Viljoen says since the beginning of the pandemic, they worked hard with the lessors of these aircraft to allow for an early return by a few months.

He says this was only possible because these two A330s were short-term and nearing end of lease.

The CEO says still, they will take every little win in their efforts to reduce fixed costs as they tide through this pandemic.

The Fiji Airways jet fleet now consists of two A350-900, three A330-200, one A330-300, five Boeing 737 MAX, and two Boeing 737NG aircraft.

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