Fiji Link gets new plane for domestic routes
Fiji Airways today took delivery of a new DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft manufactured Canadian company Viking Air Limited, replacing two of Fiji Link’s Series 300 aircrafts.
October 30, 2017 9:50 pm
The staff of Fiji Airways received the new aircraft in Nadi today. Photo: Jessan Doton.
According to Fiji Airways, the new model has air-conditioned cabins, and the cockpit has state of the art digital avionics systems and operating features. The aircraft provides a smoother transition for Fiji Link pilots to progress onto the ATR fleet.
The airline declined to reveal the price of the new purchase, but the manufacturer has provided a list price of $13 million (USD$6.5m).
“This is the first of three Twin Otters that we have purchased; the remaining two are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2018.”
The CEO said the new planes would be used to increase flights on the domestic routes.
“With more aircraft, we will be able to increase our frequencies to key domestic routes, particularly to the North, by 30%. Additionally, we plan to increase our flight frequency on our trunk route (between Nadi and Suva) to seven a day. “
The Fiji Airways’ engineering team will paint the aircraft and complete the installation of all aircraft seats and interior furnishings over the next week.
The aircraft will be used for training and certification flights shortly after and is expected to enter commercial service in December.
Fiji Link also has the option to purchase a fourth brand new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft. A decision on exercising this option will be made in 2018.
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