AIR PACIFIC HAS become the launch customer for the new-generation Boeing 737 family in the Pacific region, with an order for three 737-700s. Deliveries of the new aircraft to the Fijian national airline will begin in the fourth quarter of 1998.

Air Pacific's order follows a major review of its future fleet needs, which resulted in the airline deciding to cancel an existing commitment for a General Electric CF6-80C2-powered Boeing 767-300ER, which has been switched for the new 737-700 contract.

The 737-700s will be used to increase frequencies on main regional services, including that of Fiji to Australia. The airline has an all-leased Boeing fleet, including two CFM-powered 737s, one 747-200B and a 767-300ER.

Source: Flight International