Fiji Airways plans to fly its new Airbus A350s to Sydney and Los Angeles as of January 1, 2020.
It'll be quite a way to ring in the new year, especially for passengers at the pointy end of the two advanced jets, which will sport 33 fully-flat business class seats using the popular Collins Aerospace 'Super Diamond' design (shown below in its dressy catalogue form).
This is the same business class seat as already flown by Virgin Australia, Air Canada, Qatar Airways and, with some customisations including a sliding privacy door, will also serve as British Airways' new Club Suite (below).
Travel-friendly traits of the seat include ample personal storage space, extra-large video screens plus direct aisle access for every passenger.
Fiji Airways' A350 business class is a solid upgrade to the angled beds and 2-2-2 layout of its Airbus A330s (shown below).
Fiji Airways says it expects to take delivery of the two A350s in November and December.
Locking the A350 into Sydney and Los Angeles represents a change from Fiji Airways' previous 'share the love' approach, when a spokeswoman for the airline told Australian Business Traveller that the factory-fresh A350 jets would initially be shared around the network rather than pegged to any specific route.
In Australia, Fiji Airways currently flies to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, along with Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.
The A350s will join Fiji Airways' fleet of six Airbus A330s and be used to expand the airline's scope rather than replace the A330s.
Fiji Airways is a partner with Qantas through its status as a Oneworld Connect member of the Oneworld airline alliance, unlocking valuable perks for eligible Qantas Frequent Flyer cardholders taking Fiji Airways flights.