The former CEO and managing director of Air Pacific Ltd., Dave Pflieger led a three-year restructuring effort for Fiji’s national carrier culminating in the rebranding of the airline as Fiji Airways. As part of this revitalization, Dave Pflieger updated the Air Pacific fleet by securing the order of three new wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Purchased in order to supplant two older Boeing 747-400s, David Pflieger’s acquisition of the A330-200s provided the Fiji Airways fleet with the improved performance capabilities of an advanced modern aircraft.
Among the advantages of the A330 is the capability to reach new outbound tourist markets, such as India and China, due to an extended flight range. Authorized to fly up to 240 minutes at ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards), the A330 is the first twin-engine jetliner to be licensed to travel routes of such distance. Able to fly 13,400 kilometers with 246 passengers on board, the A330’s long flight distances allow for more flexible route assignments that can diminish flight time, increase on-time arrivals, decrease fuel consumption, and minimize emissions.
Compared to the largest airplanes in its class, the A330 has capacity for 60 to 100 percent more cargo, allowing it to operate profitably as a freight carrier. The A330’s front and rear cargo compartments can accommodate the favored LD-3 container as well an extensive range of other containers and pallets. Given this capacity, Fiji Airways anticipated that the A300 would boost Fiji’s trade by providing more efficient, punctual shipping of the nation’s exports.