By RACHNA LAL
Additional Information: CENTRE FOR AVIATION
Air Pacific will look at renewing and expanding the fleet of its subsidiary, Pacific Sun, after it completes the renewal of its widebody fleet in November.
Our national airline, soon to be flying as Fiji Airways, received its second Airbus A330 last month with the last one due in November.
Air Pacific acting chief executive, Aubrey Swift, informed the Centre for Aviation on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association annual general meeting on these plans.
The meeting is being held in Cape Town, South Africa.
Mr Swift said Air Pacific plans to replace the two ATR 42s and three de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters operated by Pacific Sun.
He has indicated the carrier may opt for ATR 42-600s and ATR 72-600s.
Mr Swift highlighted the ATR 72-600s would be used to replace the Boeing 737s on thin low frequency short-haul routes.
Air Pacific fleet
Air Pacific currently operates four Boeing 737s, two brand new Airbus A330s and two Boeing 747-400s.
Once the airline will receive the third Airbus A330 in November, it will then retire its Boeing 747-400 fleet.