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Airbus purchase 'a done deal'

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

THE purchase of three brand new Airbus A330-200 series aircraft is a done deal. This, according to Acting Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Speaking to The Fiji Times yesterday, the AG brushed aside speculation and said purchase of the aircraft had successfully been completed and Air Pacific was expecting delivery of the first aeroplane in the Fiji Airways livery next month.

"The purchase has gone ahead as announced," he said while responding to queries yesterday.

In an earlier interview, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum revealed that Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was visiting the Airbus facility at Toulouse in France to witness the roll-out of the first Airbus.

"Next week, the first of the A330s goes for its first flight. We hope to have the plane completed and ready for its trip to Fiji next month. The PM will also get an opportunity to see the construction of the second aircraft and also visit developers of the ATR aircraft at the same time," he said.

He also revealed that the PM would be visiting French businesses that Air Pacific had a working relationship with. Air Pacific is expecting its first Airbus in March, followed by the second in May and final delivery in November this year.