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Date for Airbus delivery

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, February 16, 2013

AIR Pacific will take delivery of its first brand new Airbus A330-200 in Fiji Airways livery on March 19.

This was confirmed by airline spokesman Shane Hussein.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama along with Air Pacific's managing director and CEO David Pflieger and board chairman Nalin Patel are at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, visiting a mock-up facility before taking a tour of the Fiji Airways A330.

"We are here with the Air Pacific board of directors and PM at Airbus's Toulouse mock-up facility in France," Mr Pflieger said in a news reel sent from France.

"We have had the opportunity to have a look at not only the A330, which we are getting ready to purchase, but also the A320 and A380. And we have also had a chance to look at the various cabin configurations and what Airbus is capable of producing. We are excited about our first A330 which will be delivered in just a few weeks in Fiji."

Mr Patel said: "This is a fantastic product. Our team has done a fantastic job and we're looking forward to inviting our first customers and stakeholders to have an amazing experience on this new A330."

While the delegation will not take a test flight on the new wide-body aircraft, they will be the first to see the interior layout and Fiji Airways livery as the A330-200 goes into its final phase of production.