Fiji Airways is launching A350-900 flights into Sydney on January 1, 2020, making it a very attractive option when pitted against the 737 services into Nadi offered by most of its competitors on the popular holiday route.
The Nadi based carrier currently flies into Sydney twice a day using a mix of A330-200 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The two brand new A350-900s are being delivered to Fiji Airways later in 2019 and the expectation always was that they would deploy them onto both the Sydney and Los Angeles routes. The A330-200 currently flying into Sydney would be transferred onto Fiji Airways’ East Asian routes.
A scroll through Fiji Airways’ booking engine shows the first A350-900 is set to fly into Sydney on the morning of January 1, 2020, and head back to Nadi at lunchtime.
The Nadi-Sydney-Nadi Fiji Airways A350-900 timetable from January 1, 2020 is as follows:
|Dep Nadi (NAN)||FJ911||Daily||09:30|
|Arr Sydney (SYD)||12.10|
|Dep Sydney (SYD)||FJ910||Daily||13.:20|
|Arr Nadi (NAN)||19:15|
The remaining even Nadi-Sydney flight (FJ915) and the morning Sydney-Nadi flight (FJ914) look set to remain the province of the 737s.
Putting the A350-900 on the Sydney route will see more seats on the route. The Fiji Airways A350-900 will have 33 seats in their business class cabin and 301 seats in the main economy cabin. The business class seat will be fully flat and modeled on British Aerospace’s Super Diamond seat seen on British Airway’s brand new club suites on their A350-1000s.
The economy class seats on Fiji Airways’ A350-900 will be the Recaro CL3710 seats as seen on SQ’s latest A350s.
With the A350-900 also getting set to fly from Nadi to Los Angeles, it could provide a comfortably compelling one stop option across the Pacific – if they get the price right.