Fiji Airways signs up for Airbus A350s with all-new business class

Fiji Airways signs up for Airbus A350s with all-new business class

Fiji Airways has earmarked its new Airbus A350s for Australia, New Zealand and the USA, with first flights expected by late November or early December 2019.

Each of the two A350s to join the Fiji Airways fleet will be fitted with 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 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).

Review: Fiji Airways Airbus A330 business class

A spokeswoman for Fiji Airways tells Australian Business Traveller that the factory-fresh A350 jets are due for delivery from Airbus in November and December, and will 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.

“A luxury, world-class destinatio, like Fiji deserves a luxury, world-class travel experience and that’s exactly what these aircraft will deliver... for our guests, the holiday starts the moment they board the aircraft," says Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen.

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.

Read more: New benefits for Qantas flyers as Fiji Airways joins Oneworld Connect

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

14 comments

  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    2 May, 2019 03:19 pm

    I'm surprised they went with the A350. I'd have thought the A330neo would've given them all the range they'd need and at a lower acquisition cost.

    Maybe their USA routes are going very well and they need the additional capacity? That said, their longest route is <9000km so I wonder why they didn't go with 787-10s. Maybe its about getting the jet in the right timeframe, or perhaps Airbus offering a very reasonable price point?


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  • eamond

    eamond

    3 May, 2019 10:11 am

    Just my 1c but converting from A330 to A350 is easier than converting to 7810 (and pilots can hold dual type ratings for both); they also has relationship with RR due A330 so that might also help.
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  • richard

    rich5011

    3 May, 2019 04:37 pm

    i think that is the point these p[lanes were detined for another user but that gone sour so a deal was probably struck
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  • reeves35

    reeves35

    2 May, 2019 03:26 pm

    The Super Diamond seating is excellent but given they are principally a leisure airline, I'm surprised they didn't follow airlines like Air Tahiti Nui and retain side-by-side seating in a 6 abreast layout. Couples often like to travel together and that is more important to them than direct aisle access for everyone.

    With the slightly larger aircraft, do we know if they are introducing a Premium Economy cabin on the A350s?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    2 May, 2019 03:42 pm

    No premium economy, only business and economy.
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  • Newbie7

    Newbie7

    3 May, 2019 01:14 am

    That was my exact thought too, that couples would much prefer the side-by-side. Maybe they're actually trying to target more business traffic codeshare? If you're going say ADL/BNE to SFO, it's a one-stop like it would be for any other carrier... Still seems a stretch though. Unless maybe they plan to start flying Perth or deeper into the US. Then I can see them going after the business traffic make more sense.
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  • patrickk

    patrickk

    2 May, 2019 05:26 pm

    Its good move for the QF Code share and those who like shorter sectors to the US. They may have taken the A359 because it was there (at a good price and good selling point). Anything else may have required a wait.
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  • Bernoulli

    Bernoulli

    3 May, 2019 09:00 am

    Plus operating commonality with the 330 and the fact that the 350 is fundamentally the best product on the market right now.
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  • whipper

    whipper

    3 May, 2019 03:37 am

    New Seat? They need to work on a new service level. IT IS TERRIBLE. Lovely attitude, carefree execution = unacceptable.
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  • eamond

    eamond

    3 May, 2019 10:14 am

    Rumor says the planes come from Hong Kong Airlines - given it's C33 in business which is identical to HNA Group's new A350 config (plus the same Super Diamond seat in Business) I found this rumor to be credible.
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  • David Flynn

    David

    3 May, 2019 11:46 am

    Fiji Airways A350s are being leased from Dubai's DAE Capital, which is a supplier to HNA.
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  • jf80

    jf80

    3 May, 2019 10:26 am

    The FJ website shows FJ910 (1325) as A350 SYD/NAN from 01Jan. GDS is still showing as A330 in availability but seat map is for A350 in 1-2-1 config.
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  • Lps988

    Lps988

    3 May, 2019 12:45 pm

    Just out of curiosity how much influence does Qantas have over FA if any when it comes to fleet selection, given it's 46% stake?
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  • eamond

    eamond

    3 May, 2019 12:52 pm

    Do they even cooperate that much? I can hardly think of any examples where QF influenced FJ in any decisions these days
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