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Fiji Airways leases another plane during MAX grounding

April 12, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

With the worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 MAX planes set to continue at least until June, Fiji Airways has leased a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Miami Air to cover some of its schedules.

Fiji Airways has two 737 MAX 8 planes, both of which are temporarily grounded along with all MAXs operated by other airlines.

The chartered Miami Air aircraft will operate some flights on behalf of Fiji Airways between Nadi and Auckland, Apia, Christchurch and Brisbane (subject to regulatory approval). The aircraft has 166 economy class seats in a single cabin configuration.

The leased aircraft will operate with its own cabin crew and pilots (an arrangement known in aviation as a wet-lease), with a Fiji Airways purser or senior flight attendant aboard to oversee the cabin experience.

Fiji Airways said it decided to lease an aircraft for the upcoming peak period to limit any disruptions to guests’ travel plans.

“While the airline recognises that the onboard experience and facilities will differ from its usual offering, it will do everything possible to ensure that guests continue to enjoy a comfortable experience,” the airline stated.

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“Fiji Airways will contact Business Class guests booked on flights which will now be operated by the leased aircraft to provide travel options.”

Miami Air is a charter company based in Florida, USA, which has leased aircraft to airlines like British Airways, Air France, and TUI, among others.

Edited by Peter Needham

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