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  • The flight cancellation of FJ811 due to a ground incident caused no injuries to passengers or crew on board the Airbus A350-900.
  • Operations continued smoothly with Fiji Airways quickly apologizing and offering alternative travel arrangements to affected passengers.
  • Los Angeles World Airports is investigating how the Asiana Airlines plane collided with the Fiji Airways elevator, damaging the A350’s tail.


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Fiji Airways flight FJ811 of March 27 was forcibly canceled on Thursday evening after an Asiana Airlines plane collided with a Fiji Airways lift, which collided with the four-year-old FJ Airbus. Fortunately, there were no passengers or crew on board the Airbus A350-900 at the time of the incident. Fiji Airways quickly apologized to passengers who were unable to travel that evening; however, all other activities continued without significant disruption.

FJ811 would operate the trip between Los Angeles (LAX) and Nadi International (NAN) in Fiji, a popular destination for Americans to explore Fiji’s many islands or to springboard into New Zealand’s growing network of destinations. Zeeland, Australia and several islands. other ports in the South Pacific.


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DQ-FAI, the aircraft at the center of the drama, is a four-year-old Airbus A350-900, which was first delivered to the airline on November 15, 2019, according to Airfleets. The aircraft is leased from DAE Capital and is named ‘Island of Viti Levu; it is configured for up to 33 business and 301 economy class passengers. Two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines power it.


Data from Flightradar24 shows that the aircraft has remained on the tarmac since LAX, awaiting further repairs. It has not currently been rescheduled for a flight in the coming week. Before the accident, the aircraft had operated three flights that day, including Nadi to Sydney, Sydney to Nadi and Nadi to Los Angeles (FJ911, 910 and 810).


A travel alert from FJ

Fiji Airways quickly released a travel alert for affected passengers, apologizing for the canceled service. Alternative travel arrangements were offered to affected travelers, and the carrier contacted them directly with new arrangements. Some delays were expected for the corresponding services, but FJ has noted this publicly that this would not affect other services.


Los Angeles World Airports, which manages the busy Californian airport, is currently participating in an accident investigation into how the Asiana Airlines plane collided with a Fiji Airways elevator, subsequently causing damage to the A350’s tail.

Fiji Airways airbus A350-900

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A380 vs A350

According to Aviation24.be, the Asiana Airbus A380 hit the FJ elevator and continued its journey none the wiser. It had even hit the other plane and its equipment. They raised concerns about vigilance so that pilots and crew members could monitor and assess all systems and be aware of their surroundings while flying.


The tail section of the Fiji Airways aircraft is currently undergoing repairs at LAX, and Fiji Airways continues to reassure passengers that it takes safety very seriously and will ensure all checks are carried out before the aircraft returns to scheduled service. Fiji Airways is home to four Airbus A350-900s, the backbone of its long-haul flights, in addition to several A330 aircraft.

  • Fiji Airways A350

    Fiji respiratory

    IATA/ICAO code:
    FY/FJI

    Airline type:
    Full-service carrier

    Hub(s):
    Nadi Airport

    Year of establishment:
    1947

    Alliance:
    a world

    DIRECTOR:
    André Viljoen

    Country:
    Fiji

  • Airport - LAWA Brosseau - 4

    Los Angeles International Airport

    IATA/ICAO code:
    SALMON/CLAX

    Country:
    United States

    DIRECTOR:
    Justin Erbacci

    Number of passengers:
    48,007,284 (2021)

    Runways:
    6L/24R – 2,721 m (8,926 ft) |6R/24L – 3,318 m (10,885 ft) |7L/25R – 3,939 m (12,923 ft) |7R/25L – 3,382 m (11,095 ft)

    Terminals:
    Terminal 1 |Terminal 2 |Terminal 3 |Tom Bradley International Terminal | Terminal 4 | Terminal 5 | Terminal 6 | Terminal 7 | Terminal 8

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