Fiji's Air Pacific appears to cancel entire 787 order

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Fiji's Air Pacific appears to be the carrier behind the cancellation of eight Boeing 787s disclosed in Boeing's order books last month.

The airline had ordered five 787-9s in April 2006 and taken purchase rights on another three.

These aircraft were originally intended for delivery this year.

Air Pacific subsequently firmed the purchase rights in December 2007, taking its overall total to eight 787-9s. The airline also selected General Electric GEnx engines for the twinjets.

But Boeing revealed in March that eight 787s had been struck from its backlog, and its first-quarter order total for the type shows that the eight Air Pacific aircraft are no longer listed.

Air Pacific could not immediately be reached to confirm the cancellation but Boeing's data for March 2011 shows 835 787s on order, a net reduction of eight from the previous month.

Australia's Qantas Airways holds a 46% share in Air Pacific.