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The Present Fiji Airways

There’s general consensus that a long list of men and women helped Fiji’s international airline get to where it is today. From the pioneers and visionaries brave enough to operate an airline out of the middle of the Pacific during its early years to the hundreds of dedicated and committed Fijians working hard to make it the world’s friendliest airline; words cannot do justice to describe the gratitude of the company.

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Several years ago, long serving former chairman of the airline, retired business executive Gerald Barrack paid tribute to Gatty’s vision and the pioneering spirit of men and women like him “from the days when pilots flew Dragon Rapides and Drovers by the seat of their pants.” Days like the one where passengers boarded the Rapides plane and realized that there was no pilot, so a man wearing a bright bula (floral) shirt volunteered to fly the machine. Little did they realize that the man with the bright shirt was actually Fred Ladd, Gatty’s first Chief Pilot, playing his usual practical jokes!

Invited for his observations as “Air Pacific” celebrated its 60th anniversary, past CEO John Campbell said the men and women who built the airline are a source of great pride. “It is not easy to operate a reliable airline with a wide spread network from a small country in the middle of the Pacific. There are logistical, training, spare parts inventory and skill retention and development issues that an airline based in a major market does not face. That the airline has been able60th anniversary to overcome these barriers is a credit to its people and a testament to their commitment and frequent personal sacrifice.

“Fiji citizens can take pride in the overall success of their airline, which truly is the critical link between Fiji and the world and has been and hopefully will continue to be fully committed to serving Fiji’s aviation needs. I believe this is what was hoped for by Harold Gatty when establishing the bandar bola terpercaya airline.”
As it celebrates its 60th birthday, the Managing Director & CEO at the time, Dave Pflieger, joined his predecessor in praising Harold Gatty’s vision and the people of Fiji for making Air Pacific a world-class international airline.

“Air Pacific’s greatest asset is its people – from our maintenance and ground crews, to the pilots and flight attendants, to our schedulers and administrative staff,” Mr. Pflieger told Fiji Islands magazine. “The many changes and the improvements they are making now will serve Fiji and Fijians well for another 60 years. They are rising to the challenge of new competition and an ever changing world, and creating a strong legacy. It is an honour to work with everyone here.”

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For an airline that was started by an acclaimed air navigator, inventor, airline manager, plantation baron and legislator, Fiji Airways has grown into Fiji’s proud flag carrier. From flying De Havilland Dragon Rapide in those days to the new Airbus 330-200 jets of today, the airline has truly come of age. It boasts a strong position within the region, and is often ranked among the region’s top carriers.

In May 2012, the airline announced that it would reintroduce the name Fiji Airways to reinforce its role as the proud national airline of Fiji. Offering its customers brand new Airbus A330-200 aircraft and warm friendly Fijian service, Fiji Airways connects the islands of Fiji to the world and proudly welcomes visitors to its home.
As our airline proudly returned to its roots as Fiji Airways, we embarked on a new and exciting chapter of our story.

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About Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways (trading as and formerly known as Air Pacific), is the flag carrier airline of Fiji. And operates international and domestic services to 12 countries and 31 cities including Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands(Oceania), the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has an extended network of 108 international destinations through its codeshare partners. The airline will commence direct flights to Narita, Tokyo ion July 3, 2018. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m).

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The first commercial flight as Fiji Airways was made in 1951 but the airline’s origins date back to Katafaga Estates Ltd. formed in 1947. After being acquired by Qantas in 1958, Katafaga Estates was retooled as a regional airline and renamed Air Pacific. In May 2012, MD/CEO David Pflieger announced that as the final part of the airline’s successful turnaround, the airline would be returning to its former name of Fiji Airways to reinforce its role as the national airline of Fiji. The Fiji government owns 52% of the airline and Qantas 46%, with the governments of several Pacific island nations holding the remainder. The airline plans to replace five of its older Boeing 737s with Boeing’s newest 737 MAX 8s upon delivery in late 2018, at a list price of about US$110 million each. Two of the new Boeings are scheduled to arrive in 2018, and the remainder the following year. The planes are intended for Fiji Airways’ regional services to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Fiji Airways’ first flight was on 1 September 1951, when a seven-seater de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane departed Suva’s Nausori Airport for Drasa Airport near Lautoka, on the west coast of the main island. The airline’s first international flight to Brisbane, Australia was on 1 June 1973.

In 1983 it started flights to the USA with a route to Honolulu called “Project America.”

In December 2009, Air Pacific commenced a twice weekly service to Hong Kong, which was increased to three services in January 2014. In July 2010 Air Pacific announced a new Suva-Auckland service.

Today, the airline and its domestic/regional subsidiary, Fiji Link, operate over 400 flights a week to almost 15 cities in 10 countries around the world.

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FIJI AIRWAYS LAUNCHES TRAVEL APP

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has launched its mobile travel application enabling guests to comprehensively manage their flight journey on the go with ease through their mobile devices.

The app, which is available for free download on Apple and Android, is part of the airline’s ongoing initiative to enhance customer experience.

The Fiji Airways Travel App was developed with the modern traveller’s needs in mind. Its easy-to-navigate interface provides a wide range of flight management features that allows the guest to organise their journey from the palm of their hand.

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Guests can use the app to book a flight, check flight status, manage trips, check-in online, select seats, and receive push travel notifications such as check-in reminder, flight delays/cancellations, and departure gate details.

It also has an Information Hub with useful details for guests, such as the airline’s baggage policy, allowances and fees, special assistance, dangerous goods, and contact information.

Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO said: “At Fiji Airways, we’re committed to the continuous enhancement of our products and services at every customer touch-point. As the travel industry evolves, so do the needs of travellers. . This app is a positive step towards providing a superior guest experience through innovative solutions, and empowers users with greater control to manage their trips on the go. We are sure our guests will enjoy using the app with its wide-ranging functionality and user friendly interface.”