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FORMED IN 1947 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1951. FORMERLY AIR PACIFIC. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 9266
NADI AIRPORT, FIJI
FIJI (REPUBLIC OF FIJI) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1970, IT IS AN ISLAND IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC COVERING AN AREA OF 18,274 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 0.8 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS SUVA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH, FIJIAN, AND HINDI.
Bula! Welcome to the Fiji Islands.
Fiji is located in the South Pacific and boasts over >300 coral fringed islands scattered across 20,000 square miles. This archipelago has an abundance of enticing experiences waiting for you. Whether you choose to relax soaking up the South Pacific sun, drop anchor at one of Fiji’s islands, scuba dive at world famous dive locations, surf the reef breaks or bush walk through the abundantly lush tropical rain forests, there is a myriad of ways to enjoy Fiji. With a destination so diverse and colorful, it seems only right that the people of Fiji are also so delightful, friendly, natural and fun. With a heritage influenced by the blend of Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, Indian, Chinese and European cultures, the people of Fiji add that little extra bit of magic to an already alluring destination.
Fiji accommodation options are broad with everything from backpacker accommodation through to five star luxury. Getting around the islands is easy with Air Pacific’s sister airline, Pacific Sun or jump aboard a sea transfer to the islands and on the main island of Viti Levu, taxis, private cars or coach transfers are available.
Fiji has also built an enviable reputation for delivering unforgettable wedding ceremonies and honeymoon escapes.
Fiji’s popular vacation spots:
Located just 20 minutes south of Nadi International Airport, Denarau Island is the home to some of the finest resorts and facilities including a magnificent 18 hole championship golf course, an extensive array of water sports and leisure activities, 10 tennis courts and a marina.
Denarau Marina is home to a selection of boutique shops, restaurants and cafes and is one of the major departure points for cruises and sea transfers to the Mamanuca and Yawasa Islands.
The Coral Coast:
Stretching 130 km along the southern shores of Viti Levu, and connecting the main towns of Nadi and Suva, via Queens Road is the Coral Coast. The coastline is a combination of coral lagoons, beaches, Fijian villages and sugar cane fields flanked by lushly vegetated mountains. It boasts an array of resorts popular with the whole family.
The Mamanuca Islands:
Set among deep blue waters with fringing coral reefs of turquoise and pastel green, the Mamanuca (pronounced Ma-ma noo tha) island group is a paradise of stunning reefs and sand-fringed isles shared by traditional Fijian villages and modern island resorts. The arc shaped Mamanuca chain is situated well inside the outer reef whose protective barrier creates ideal conditions for boating, scuba diving, snorkelling and other water-based activities.
The Mamanuca Islands and the islands of Nadi Bay offer tourists some of Fiji's most outstanding island beauty and are home to a range of resorts that are as different as they are unique.
There are about 20 islands in the group, basking in a large lagoon formed by the Malolo Barrier Reef and Viti Levu. The Mamanucas are movie stars, Fiji's glittering jet set, forever photographed and feted, valued for their natural beauty.
The Yasawa Islands:
The Yasawa Group is made up of some 20 islands of volcanic origin; which lie in a chain north west of Viti Levu. They are famous for crystal blue lagoons and some of the Pacific's most ethereal beaches. The islands have white sandy beaches and crystalline waters, lush tropical rain forests and soaring volcano peaks that attract fresh tropical rain. Some of the larger islands are: Yasawa, Waya, Nacula, Naviti, Yaqeta and Matacawalevu.
The Yasawas are accessed daily from Port Denarau and Lautoka by fast catamaran and resort water taxis; or seaplane and helicopter from Nadi.
The Yasawa Islands offer a great range of backpacking properties with their own unique attractions, cultural activities, picture perfect beaches, authentic Fijian food, amazing bird life and world class scuba diving. There is also a wonderful selection of accommodation ranging from budget to unique five star resorts.
The peace and tranquility, combined with the generosity and warmth of the local people make the Yasawas a very special travel experience.
The northern islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni are known for their unhurried pace of life. Vanua Levu (Big Island) is Fiji's second largest island with an area of 5,587 sq km and a population of some 130,000. Vanua Levu is a true jewel with numerous untouched sites for those seeking peaceful seclusion and wishing to venture away from the busier tourist areas. The island's main population centers are the towns of Labasa, in the north, and Savusavu, located at the foot of the peninsula. Labasa, with a population of almost 25,000 has a large Indian community and is a major centre of Fiji's sugar industry. Savusavu is smaller and is a popular center for tourists owing to its diving and yachting facilities.
Fiji's northern region also includes the smaller islands of Laucala, Qamea, Matagi, Namenalala, Nukubati and Kaimbu. Divers are drawn from all over the world to Taveuni for its amazing underwater habitat including the 31 km long rainbow reef. The region is home to more than a dozen resorts which are easily accessible by air or local ferry. Most are small and intimate and offer the type of vacation difficult to find anywhere else in the world.
To find out more about Fiji, including information on the best dive spots, how to organise a wedding in Fiji and various cruising options visit http://www.bulafiji.com.
Fiji Fast Facts:
Suva is the capital of Fiji and is located on the eastern side of Viti Levu Island. Suva is 30 minutes drive from Nausori Airport, Fiji’s second largest airport.
Nadi, located on the western side of Viti Levu, is considered the tourism hub for Fiji and is the home of Nadi International Airport, Fiji’s gateway to the World.
Fiji enjoys an ideal tropical climate averaging 31 degrees Celsius/88 degrees F during the summer months of November to April and 29 degrees Celsius/84 degrees F during the winter months of May to October. Tropical rains can be experienced during the summer months however the weather remains humid. The temperature can be slightly cooler in the highlands of the larger islands. Trade winds from the east southeast bring year long cooling breezes late afternoon and early evening.
Name – Fiji Dollar
Code – FJD.
Dress is casual and informal throughout the islands. Visitors should bring light tropical attire such as golf shirts, short sleeve shirts, T-shirts, shorts and slacks for evenings. For women, summer dresses and lightweight skirts, slacks and blouses. The wraparound "sulu" (sarong) is Fiji's most distinctive form of dress for women and men.
The electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts AC/50 cycles. Fiji has three pin power outlets identical to Australia and New Zealand. Leading hotels and resorts offer universal outlets for 240 v or 110 v shavers, hair dryers, etc.
Yellow fever and Cholera vaccinations are only required if coming from an infected area as designated by the World Health Organization. Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age coming from an infected area. Hospitals are located in the major centers and there are health centers in rural areas. Hotels and resorts usually have a qualified nurse on the premises and a doctor on call. Fresh water is safe to drink from the tap.
English is the official language of Fiji, however indigenous Fijians also speak Fijian and the Indo-Fijians speak Hindustani. Some Fijian words to get you started:
Fijian: English Translation
Bula Vinaka: A warm hello.
Ni Sa Moce (ni sa mothey): Goodbye.
Vinaka: Thank you.
Kana: Let's eat.
The Fiji Islands, located in the South Pacific, lie on the 180 Meridian where the dawning of each new day occurs.
Passport & Visa requirements:
* Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in Fiji
* A return ticket or onward travel is required
* Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of up to four months or less for a number of countries. For full details on visa requirements, please contact your nearest Fiji High Commission or visit the Department of Immigration website: http://www.immigration.gov.fj.
Fiji’s population is close to 900,000.
GMT + 12
Tipping is not encouraged in Fiji and is left to the individual to determine whether to make a gratuity. However, do bargain in the bazaars or markets.
APRIL 1947: REGISTERS AS KATAFAGA ESTATES LIMITED BY AUSTRALIAN AVIATOR, HAROLD GETTY.
APRIL 1951: COMMENCED REGULAR DOMESTIC SERVICES.
APRIL 1971: CHANGES NAME TO "AIR PACIFIC (APC)."
JUNE 1974: COMMENCED SERVICES TO AUCKLAND.
JANUARY 1975: COMMENCED SERVICES TO BRISBANE VIA NOUMEA.
FEBRUARY 1983: BEGAN SERVICES TO HONOLULU FROM NADI WITH A DC-10.
JUNE 1985: FORMALIZED A MANAGEMENT SUPPORT AGREEMENT WITH QANTAS (QAN).
JANUARY 1993: QANTAS (QAN) OWNS 17.5%, & HAS SUPPORT AGREEMENT.
1 747-200B (RB211-524D4), EX-(QAN).
MARCH 1993: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1992 = +$2.65 MILLION (+$2.58 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
SEPTEMBER 1993: 1 747-200B, AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) 3 YEAR LEASED.
MARCH 1994: 1 737-5YO (CFM56-3C1), 8 BUSINESS (C), 100 ECONOMY (Y), PASSENGERS (PAX) TO FLY EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) WEEKLY TO CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND. QANTAS (QAN) IS DOING ITS AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE: "A" 500; "B" 900; "C" 3,300; "D" 20,000 HOURS.
JULY 1994: TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) NON-STOP WITH A 747.
OCTOBER 1994: NEW ROUTE TO OSAKA.
NOW HAS 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS), & HAS APPLIED FOR 180 MINUTES (TO JAPAN). LOOKING FOR 737-300 (ETOPS) APPROVAL.
JUNE 1995: 737-300 LEASED TO FREEDOM AIR (FRS).
JANUARY 1995: 1 737-300 (CFM56-3-B1), ANSETT WORLDWIDE (AWW) LEASED.
DECEMBER 1995: 2ND LOS ANGELES (LAX) NON-STOP FLIGHT WITH A 747. PLANS TO TAKE OVER MORE 737 HEAVY MAINTENANCE, WITH "C" CHECK WITHIN ONE YEAR.
1 ORDER (JUNE 1998) 767-300ER. NEGOTIATING WITH QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN), FOR LEASE OF 747-300, TO REPLACE 747-200, AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) LEASED.
JULY 1996: 747-200 (22614), EX-QANTAS (QAN), 2 YEAR LEASED.
AUGUST 1996: 747-200, (ZK-NZY), RETURNED TO AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ). TO BE REPLACED BY A QANTAS (QAN) 747-200.
SEPTEMBER 1996: PACIFIC LAUNCH CUSTOMER WITH 3 ORDERS 737-700'S (OCTOBER 1998) TO REPLACE ORDER FOR 767-300ER.
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT SIGNED WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) FOR 737-300/-500, FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT IN CHRISTCHURCH (CHC), ENGINE/COMPONENTS BY QANTAS (QAN), AIR PACIFIC (APC) TO DO EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. QANTAS (QAN) WILL DO 747 & 767 MAINTENANCE.
NOVEMBER 1996: PLANS TO RETURN 767 IN AUGUST 1997 TO (ILF). 2ND 747-200 IS BEING LOOKED AT FOR NOVEMBER 1997.
DECEMBER 1996: TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) 3/WEEK. 767 TO BE USED ON NARITA ROUTE, & FREE UP 747 FOR VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.
APRIL 1997: ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT BECOMES SEPARATE PROFIT CENTER.
MAINTAINS SAAB 2000 FOR AIR MARSHALL ISLANDS (AIK). SAAB MAY PUT 2ND SAAB 2000 IN NADI FOR REGIONAL USE, ON A TIME SHARE BASIS.
JULY 1997: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = +$6.19 MILLION (+$5.85 MILLION).
SEPTEMBER 1997: ANDREW DRYSDALE, (CEO), 27 YEARS WITH AIR PACIFIC (APC), NOT TO RENEW CONTRACT/TO BECOME MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES, IN AUSTRALIA.
CODE SHARE WITH CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI).
OCTOBER 1997: 1 747-238B (22145), QANTAS (QAN) SHORT-TERM LEASE.
NOVEMBER 1997: MICHAEL MCQUAY, MANAGING DIRECTOR & (CEO), EX-HAWAIIAN (HWI) & CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL).
DECEMBER 1997: BOEING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED RE-RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS AT NAUSORI (SUVA), SINCE 737-700 INTENDED TO OPERATE SUVA - SYDNEY.
JANUARY 1998: LAST OF 3 737-700'S TO BE CHANGED TO 737-800.
MARCH 1998: 2ND & 3RD ORDERS CHANGED TO 737-800'S.
APRIL 1998: 757 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 1998: QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) BUYS EXTRA SHARES, FOR 46.05%, WITH $26 MILLION. (QAN) TO PROVIDE A 2ND 747-200 IN NOVEMBER 1998. GOVERNMENT HOLDS 51%.
JUNE 1998: DINESH CHANDRA, MANAGER STRATEGIC PLANNING.
AUGUST 1998: 2ND ORDER (DECEMBER 1998) 747-200, QANTAS (QAN) 6 YEAR LEASED. WILL RECEIVE INTERIM 747-200 IN NOVEMBER 1998 FROM (QAN).
SEPTEMBER 1998: 1ST FLIGHT TO MELBOURNE (28878 "ISLAND OF KORO").
1ST 737-7X2 DELIVERY AFTER INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS AT TRAMCO (BFG).
OCTOBER 1998: PARTNERSHIP WITH CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI), FOR TORONTO & VANCOUVER, TO LINK UP WITH AIR PACIFIC (APC) AT HONOLULU, TO AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, (767-300).
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$5.44 MILLION (+$6.54 MILLION). 1ST 6 MONTHS = 892 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+46%), 53% LF LOAD FACTOR (+13%), 120.6 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+27%), 181,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+17.9%).
2ND 747-238 (RB211) (22145), QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) 5 YEAR LEASED STARTING DECEMBER 1998.
DECEMBER 1998: 747-238B (22145), QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) 6 YEAR LEASED.
JANUARY 1999: PLANS TO INCREASE CAPACITY ABOUT 70% IN 1999.
FEBRUARY 1999: CODE SHARE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL), TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) (747-200).
737-700 RECEIVES 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL.
POSSIBLE 2ND 767-300ER, (ILF) LEASED. WHEN 2 737-800'S DELIVER IN MAY & AUGUST 1999, WILL RETURN 737-300 & 737-500.
MARCH 1999: NETAVA WAQA, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES, LEAVES TO JOIN DOMESTIC FIJIAN OPERATOR, SUNFLOWER AIRLINES. REPLACED BY STEFAN WOJCICKI, EX-QANTAS (QAN) MANAGER INTERIORS ENGINEERING.
APRIL 1999: 772 EMPLOYEES. SITA: NANGZFJ.
MAY 1999: 737-33A (27285, DQ-FJD) RETURNED FROM ROYAL TONGAN (FRS).
JUNE 1999: FY 1998 = +$6.15 MILLION RECORD!
737-33A RETURNED TO AWAS (AWW). 737-8X2 (29968, DQ-FJG "ISLAND OF KADAVU") DELIVERY.
JULY 1999: IN DECEMBER 1999, NONSTOP TO SINGAPORE (737-800). NEXT MONTH TO ADELAIDE. EVALUATING ROUTES TO BANGKOK, KUALA LUMPUR, AND SEOUL.
AUGUST 1999: 737-8X2 DELIVERY (DQ-FJH, 29969). PLANS TO RETURN 737-500 TO LESSOR IN OCTOBER 1999, CURRENTLY IN HEAVY MAINTENANCE AT AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ).
OCTOBER 1999: 737-5YO (26067) RETURNED TO LESSOR, BABCOCK & BROWN (BBB).
APRIL 2000: 721 EMPLOYEES.
AUGUST 2000: IN OCTOBER 2000, TO HONOLULU (6.5 HOURS) & ONTO VANCOUVER (737-800, 2/WEEK).
747-238B (22145), RETURNED TO QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN).
SEPTEMBER 2000: FIJIAN POLITICAL COUP AND ARREST OF LEADER HAS RESULTED IN MANY FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS, AND DECISIONS TO FLY ARE MADE ON A DAILY BASIS.
1999 = +$9.1 MILLION (+$6.15 MILLION).
OCTOBER 2000: 1ST 737-700 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ).
MARCH 2001: MIKE MCQUAY, (CEO) RESIGNED, AND WAS REPLACED ON AN INTERIM BASIS BY MS JOSEPHINE YEE JOY.
APRIL 2001: 721 EMPLOYEES.
JUNE 2001: JOHN CAMPBELL, (CEO), EX-GENERAL MANAGER INDONESIA FOR BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) AND QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN).
JULY 2001: 1 DHC-8-103 (229), EX-NATIONAL JET (NJS).
April 2002: 3rd service to Narita, Japan.
September 2002: 721 employees. SITA: NANPDFJ.
October 2002: Plans +2 747-400's, Qantas Airways (QAN) leased, in 2003, to replace 2 747-200B's, leased from (QAN), who own 46% Air Pacific (APC).
December 2002: 2 orders (April 2003) 747-412's (24062; 34064), Singapore Airlines (SIA) leased, including spares & support package. Will return (QAN) leased 747-200 in June 2003 and retire 1 767-300ER. 2/2 orders (June 2005) A330-200's.
January 2003: Air Pacific (APC), 51%-owned by the Fijian government, and 46%-owned by Qantas (QAN), applies to become part of the (QAN) - Air New Zealand (ANZ) alliance.
March 2003: 1 747-338 (23688, VH-EBX), 1 month Qantas (QAN) wet-leased.
April 2003: 672 employees.
747-412 (24062, "Island of Vanua Levu"), Singapore (SIA) leased. To operate Nadi - Sydney, and Nadi - Los Angeles.
May 2003: 767-338ER (24316, VH-OGB), Qantas (QAN) leased.
June 2003: Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 after-tax = +FJD$16.5 million/+$8.8 million (+FJD$9.7 million) (net profit): +9.2% (RPK) traffic; 76.2% LF load factor.
4th service to Los Angeles.
(email@example.com). SITA: NANPDFJ.
July 2003: Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 = +$2.34 million (-$12.64 million) (net profit): 2.54 billion (RPK) traffic (+27.7%); +9.7% (ASK) capacity; 70.4% LF loaf factor (+2.2); 416,000 passengers (PAX) (+9.1%); 66.05 million (FTK) freight traffic (-3.4%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
135 (CYP) 3.31; 136 (ETH) 3.29; 137 (GOT) 3.22; 138 (MWX) 3.19; 139 (ICE) 3.19; 140 (XIH) 3.14; 141 (IBW) 3.09; 142 (COP) 3.03; 143 (ALG) 2.98; 144 (DAT) 2.97; 145 (APC) 2.87; 146 (EBA) 2.84; 147 (LDI) 2.82; 148 (SIC) 2.82; 149 (MLT) 2.75.
May 2004: 675 employees.
In June 2004, resumes Nadi - Christchurch (2/week). In July 2004, Nadi - Canberra (2/week).
June 2004: Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 = +FJD $24.5 million/+$13.9 million (+48.6%): 541,000 passengers (PAX).
May 2005: 740 employees.
June 2005: 2004 after tax = $24.5 million, basically equal to the profit achieved last year. Profit pre-tax for 2004 = $36 million (+3.7%). Fuel costs were $35 million over budget. Fuel costs were offset by a weaker USA dollar.
October 2005: Air Pacific (APC) added a once a week stopover at Christmas Islands (Republic of Kiribati) en route from Nadi to Honolulu. The weekly service is operated with a 737-700.
February 2006: Will add flights to Australia, New Zealand, USA and Kiribati, increasing network coverage to 17 cities in 11 countries.
April 2006: $785 million, 5/3 orders (February 2011) 787-9's. Plans to fly the planes on tourist routes connecting Fiji to Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Japan.
May 2006: Air Pacific (APC) will supplement its daily 747-400 Sydney - Nadi services with a 737-700 service operating each Saturday and Sunday from June 24th to July 16th, and from September 23rd to October 15th.
Air Pacific (APC) reached agreement to acquire the assets and business of domestic carrier "Sun Air." Under terms of the agreement, Air Pacific (APC) subsidiary, Fiji Airlines Ltd will take over the operations of Sun Air from July 1, subject to the transfer of Sun's licenses and Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). Based in Nadi, Sun operates a fleet of 11 airplanes comprising Twin Otters, Islanders and Queen Airs to eight resort destinations on six islands. Air Pacific (APC) said it is in negotiations for acquisition of new airplane types "capable of operating to all airports within Fiji." Outgoing Chairman, Gerald Barrack said the Fijian government asked Air Pacific (APC) to re-enter the domestic market and that the airline decided the purchase of Sun Air was the preferred option.
An ATR 42-500 will operate on the Suva, Nadi and Labasa routes, extending to Rotuma, once runway works are completed. The airplane will also service regional countries such as Tonga and Vanuatu from Suva to supplement existing Air Pacific (APC) flights from Nadi.
June 2006: Air Pacific (APC) posted a -40% decline in net profit to +$14.9 million for the financial year ended March 31 as fuel prices soared. That cost increase was reflected in a +5.7% rise in expenditure to $428.9 million while revenue was up only +2% to $449.4 million. Fuel climbed from 27% to 34% of total expenditure. The airline reported that tourist inflows to Fiji were impacted negatively in the final quarter by uncertainty over the imposition of a hotel turnover tax, fallout from adverse reporting of Fiji's stability ahead of its general election, and high hotel charges compared to competing destinations. (APC) also blamed Australia's Pacific Blue (PBI) for "adding excess seat capacity in a relatively flat tourism market, leading to artificially low airfares and lower overall seat factors."
(APC) has purchased 2 ATR 42s (534; 554) from Air Mauritius (MAU). The airline intends to use these airplanes mostly on domestic routes starting next month.
July 2006: Nalin Patel, Chairman.
November 2006: Air Pacific (APC) resumed service from Nadi to Tongatapu (Tonga) this month. (APC) has scheduled 3 flights a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays using a 737-800 with 2 flights stopping at Suva (Fiji) as follows:
Tuesdays = Nadi - Tonga - Suva - Nadi;
Thursdays = Nadi - Suva - Tonga - Nadi;
Saturdays = Nadi - Suva - Tonga - Suva - Nadi.
February 2007: On October 26th, will discontinue Nadi - Honolulu - Vancouver.
April 2007: Boeing Commercial Aviation Services (BCAS) (TBC) said Air Pacific (APC) is the launch customer for its 737NG "landing gear overhaul and exchange program." The touch work will be done by members of the Boeing Service Center Repair Network. Boeing (TBC) said it will allocate "a number" of 737NG landing gear shipsets to support future customers.
May 2007: Starting October 26th, Nadi - Honolulu - Vancouver, using 737-700.
June 2007: (GE) Aviation announced that Air Pacific (APC) selected the (GEnx) to power its five firm and three option 787-9s. Engines will begin delivering in 2011 and are valued at more than >$100 million at list prices.
January 2008: Fiji's Air Pacific (APC) converted three 787-9 Dreamliner options into firm orders for delivery in 2016 and 2017. The new airplanes add to the five 787-9s the airline ordered in 2006 that are scheduled to arrive in 2011 2012. Air Pacific (APC) also added three purchase rights to its commitment, Chairman, Nalin Patel said in a statement. Those airplanes will be available after 2019. The (GEnx)-powered 787-9s will replace the airline's two 747-400s and one 767-300ER.
August 2008: Air Pacific (APC) carried more than >100,000 passengers in one month for the first time in July. Load factor was 72% LF. It flies to 18 destinations in 12 countries, and last week launched its second-weekly, Nadi - Funafuti flight, via Suva.
(APC) announced the promotion of Manager Regulatory Affairs, Jona Sevura to Manager Government & Industry Affairs.
October 2008: Air Pacific (APC)'s two 747-400s will be refurbished with new cabins (including seat covers, carpet and curtains), upgraded digital In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), renewed galleys and lavatories, interior lighting, and paint. The airplane will be serviced in Singapore in October through November and February through March, and a United Airlines (UAL) 747-400 will be wet-leased to maintain the flight schedule.
(APC) will launch 2x-weekly, Nadi - Gold Coast on December 1 aboard a 737-800.
November 2008: Air Pacific (APC) will cease 2x-weekly, Honolulu - Vancouver (YVR) November 28, owing to losses of -FJD11.7 million/-$6.5 million over the past five years. It will continue to offer access to (YVR), via Los Angeles in partnership with Alaska Airlines (ASA).
March 2009: Air Pacific passes the stringent (IATA) (ITA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) accreditation, the "Gold Standard" for airline operational safety.
May 2009: As Fiji's national flag carrier, Air Pacific (APC) links Fiji to other South Pacific islands, as well as to three destinations each in Australia and New Zealand, and further afield to Honolulu, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Vancouver. A domestic connection is also provided between Nadi and Suva.
Employees = 804.
(IATA) Code: FJ - 260. (ICAO) Code: FJI - PACIFIC.
Parent organization/shareholders: Fiji government (51%); Qantas Airways (QAN) (46.3%); Air New Zealand (3.67%); & governments of Kiribati (0.27%), Tonga (0.27%), Nauru (0.08%), & Samoa (0.12%).
Alliances: Air New Zealand (ANZ); Air Vanuatu (VAN); Polynesian Airlines (PLY); & Qantas (QAN).
Main Base: Nadi International airport (NAN).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Nadi; & Suva.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Apia; Auckland; Brisbane; Christmas Island; Honiara; Honolulu; Los Angeles; Melbourne; Nuk'alofa; Port Vila; Sydney; Tokyo; & Vancouver.
(APC) suspends flights between Nadi and Australia's Gold Coast. Flights may resume when economic conditions improve.
September 2009: Qantas (QAN) is considering selling its 46.3% in Air Pacific (APC), Fiji's national carrier, in order to compete with the Virgin Group on routes to the tropical tourist destination. (QAN) applied to Australia's International Air Services Commission, the route regulator, for capacity to Fiji on behalf of its Jetstar Airways (IMU) subsidiary, but it would need to sell off its stake in (APC). An airline spokesperson confirmed that the (APC) stake was under review and it is understood that the Fijian government is amenable to the sale. (QAN) apparently has disappointed its partners by vetoing decisions that Fijians say would have helped the airline.
(QAN) wants to launch Jetstar (IMU) on the route next year, starting with Sydney - Fiji in April. Pacific Blue (PBI), Virgin (VAA)'s international arm in the region, started flying to Fiji from Brisbane in 2004 and since has started services from Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Virgin (VAA) has applied for an additional +1,260 seats for those routes and hopes to introduce its V Australia (VAZ) 777-300ERs. (QAN) has applied for 1,500 seats per week and the (IASC) has asked both airlines to justify the extra capacity. (QAN) plans to code share with both Jetstar (IMU) and Air Pacific (APC).
November 2009: READ ATTACHED "AIRWAYS" ARTICLE BY EXPAT CAPTAIN MAC AF UHR - - "APC-2009-11-A/B/C/D/E."
April 2010: Air Pacific (APC) named Virgin America (VUS) Senior VP, Dave Pflieger as its new Managing Director & CEO, effective May 1, succeeding the retiring John Campbell. Pflieger, 47, joined (VUS) in 2004 and led the effort to secure certification as a USA carrier. An A319/A320 captain, he piloted (VUS)'s inaugural flight from San Francisco to Washington Dulles. Prior to joining (VUS), he was VP Operations at Delta Air Lines (DAL) subsidiary, Song (SNG).
September 2010: Air Pacific (APC) has had its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) extended for two years, instead of the normal one year, as a result of better risk management and the adoption of an effective Safety Management System, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji.
April 2011: Air Pacific (APC) has canceled its order for eight 787 airplanes “and is no longer a Boeing (TBC) 787 customer.” Orders for five 787 Dreamliners were initially placed in 2006 and three more were placed in 2008.
August 2011: Air Pacific (APC) will retire one 767-300ER and add one 737-800 in mid-January 2012, enabling it to increase 7x-weekly, Nadi - Sydney service to 13x-weekly.
October 2011: American Airlines (AAL) and Air Pacific (APC) have signed a code share agreement under which (AAL) will place its code on (APC) flights to and from Nadi to Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Suva. (APC) will place its code on approximately 20 (AAL) destinations from Los Angeles.
(APC) has ordered three A330s for its fleet renewal program after it canceled its order for eight Boeing (TBC) 787s in April. The orders for five 787 Dreamliners were initially placed in 2006 and three more were placed in 2008.
The A330-200s will be delivered in 2013 and operated from Fiji on transpacific routes to Los Angeles, California, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region to Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.
737-86J (37754, DQ-FJM "Mamanuka Islands"), ex-(D-ABKL), (RBS) leased.
January 2012: Rishworth Aviation is a flight crew (FC) leasing firm recruiting pilots for a large number of client airlines on various airplane types including most Boeing (TBC) and Airbus EDS) airplanes, ATRs and many more. This month, Rishworth Aviation is recruiting for pilots (FC) for Air Pacific (APC) 737NG Captains (FC). Application information and position details are available online at http://www.rishworthaviation.com. Also see FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
February 2012: Rolls-Royce (RRC) has won an order from Air Pacific (APC) for (Trent 700) engines to power its three new A330 airplanes. The deal is worth $210 million at list prices, (RRC) said. The contract includes long-term TotalCare service support.
“The A330s will be our first new wide body airplanes, so the (Trent 700) engines represent an exciting and significant investment in leading-edge operational technology and support service for the future of our business. These engines will provide high-quality environmental performance, with low emissions, noise and fuel burn—something our company and customers value,” (APC) Managing Director & (CEO), Dave Pflieger said at the order signing at the Singapore Airshow.
March 2012: The government of Fiji has passed a new law that allows it to take greater operational control of the nation's international carrier, Air Pacific (APC), and its subsidiary Pacific Sun, effectively cutting the influence of Australia's Qantas Airways (QAN) in managing the airlines.
The Civil Aviation (Ownership and Control of National Airlines) Decree 2012 was announced in a statement issued by Attorney-General & Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. "With this law, the Bainimarama government has now corrected the activities of prior Fijian governments, which allowed foreign citizens to control Fiji's national airlines," says the statement. "Since Air Pacific (APC) is responsible for carrying more than >70% of visitors to Fiji, its success is critical to the health of the Fijian economy and the livelihoods of Fijians."
Fiji contends that since 1998, "non-Fijian shareholder, Qantas (QAN) has maintained effective control of these airlines through super-majority and veto rights over significant areas of the company, including the appointment of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, annual operating budget, any expenditures, new air routes, variations to air service schedules, management appointments, employee incentive schemes including bonuses, and numerous other key areas of oversight, control and decision-making."
The Fijian government also implies a conflict of interest, noting that Qantas (QAN) has substantial veto power over "most areas of Air Pacific (APC)'s operations and business decisions", while at the same time competing with (APC) through its unit Jetstar Pacific (PAH). It cites (QAN)'s recent questioning of (VOZ)'s ownership structure as an example of concerns about ownership and control of airlines that it feels are "not unusual in international aviation law".
The new law means Fiji-registered airlines must be under "the substantial ownership and effective control" of a citizen of Fiji. It gives four definitions for this: the Fijian government, an individual who is a Fijian citizen, a partnership of which every partner is Fijian, or a corporation in which 51% of voting interest is controlled by Fijians.
Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, a former naval officer, came to power during Fiji's constitutional crisis in 2009. Since taking power, his government has been labelled a pariah, owing to international concerns about the state of democracy in Fiji.
The Fiji government owns 51% of Air Pacific (APC), (QAN) (46.3)% and Air New Zealand (ANZ) 1.94%. The governments of Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, and Tonga hold a combined stake amounting to less than <1%.
(APC) operates six airplanes: three 737-800s, two 747-400s and one 737-700. It has three A330-200 airplanes on order and one 767-300 in storage. It operates services to a number of destinations in the Pacific region, including Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
May 2012: Fiji’s national carrier, Air Pacific (APC) has announced it will re-brand as part of its restructuring efforts, returning to the name "Fiji Airways," under which it operated from 1958 - 1970. The transition to a new livery and brand is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.
(APC) Managing Director and (CEO), David Pflieger said that “returning to Fiji Airways will better reflect our role as Fiji’s national carrier, and also assist Fiji by growing tourism. We fly in over 60% of all visitors who come to Fiji.”
In the last 12 months, (APC) has increased service between Fiji and Sydney (7x-weekly to 13x-weekly), placed an order for three new A330-200 airplanes (scheduled for delivery in March 2013) as well as an order for Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines.
“We see a lot of opportunity to grow the profile of Fiji as both a final destination and a stopover destination for our long-haul services to Los Angeles and Hong Kong,” Pflieger said.
(APC) posted an operating loss of -FJD$3.6 million/-$1.95 million in the fiscal year 2010/2011, narrowed from an operating loss of -FJD$91.8 million in fiscal year 2009/2010.
In 2010/2011, (APC) and Pacific Sun carried a combined 1.1 million passengers on 15,000 flights, a year-over-year increase of +37,000 additional passengers, which Pflieger said helped increase revenue by +FJD$40 million, while non-fuel costs were reduced by -FJD$13 million.
June 2012: Air Pacific (APC) reported a net profit of +$11.4 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, more than cut in half from a net profit of $24.8 million in the prior year.
However, (APC) said the prior-year profit was mostly due to one-time gains associated with the cancellation of delayed airplane deliveries, and said the 12 months ended March 31 marked its first full-year operating profit in three years. Operating profit was +$16.5 million, turned around from a -$3.7 million operating deficit in the year ended March 31, 2011. Fiscal-year revenue heightened +16.3% to $645.9 million, its highest ever annual revenue.
Managing Director & (CEO) Dave Pflieger said, “Over the last two years, the Air Pacific (APC) team has not only designed, but delivered on a turnaround plan focused on returning it to profitability for shareholders, staff and the Fijian people.”
He added (APC)’s restructuring will include re-branding to its former name, "Fiji Airways" in 2013 when it takes delivery of its first A330-200.
During the fiscal year ended March 31, (APC) signed a purchase agreement for three A330-200s, retired a 767, and added a new 737-800.
Qantas Airways (QAN) has decided to pull its four representatives from the Air Pacific (APC) board of directors following arguments with the Fiji government run by the country's military. The government had issued a decree on airline ownership in March that essentially was only issued to restrict (QAN) influence on board decisions at (APC). (QAN) currently owns a 46.3% stake in (APC).
August 2012: Air Pacific (APC) has unveiled a new brand mark that will be included in (APC)’s new livery when it relaunches as Fiji Airways in 2013.
The new brand mark is the latest in a series of restructuring and re-branding initiatives that includes investment in three new A330 airplanes for delivery in 2013, powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines. The A330s, which will arrive in March, May and November next year, will feature the new Fiji Airways livery to be unveiled on October 10.
At the heart of the new Fiji Airways’ brand mark is a new Masi symbol — - a traditional local art form that has been a part of Fijian culture for several centuries.
Fiji Airways was the original name of Fiji’s airline from 1951 until 1970, when the name was changed to Air Pacific (APC) to reflect its expanding regional presence.
The re-branding was “part of an overall turnaround plan — a plan that is working well and should, with continued focus and effort, help us thrive and grow as the preferred airline of the South Pacific,” (CEO) & Managing Director, David Pflieger said.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2010/2011, (APC) and its domestic subsidiary Pacific Sun carried a combined total of 1.1 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of +37,000 passengers. In (FY) 2011/12, passenger numbers grew by a further +85,000, and (APC) recorded its highest ever revenue of FJD$645.9 million ($362.4 million), an increase of +FJD$90.5 million over the previous year. As a result, (APC)’s operating loss was reduced from -FJD$91.8 million in (FY) 2009/10 to -FJD$3.6 million in (FY) 2010/11, and ultimately to an operating profit of +FJD$16.5 million in (FY) 2011/12.
Other improvements to the re-branded (APC) include a new 737-800, increased flights between Fiji and Sydney, and a new in-flight product, all aimed at returning (APC) “to sustainable profitability,” Pflieger said.
September 2012: Air Pacific (APC), due to re-brand to "Fiji Airways" in 2013, expanded its network out of Suva (SUV), Fiji’s capital and the smaller of the two airports located on the main island Viti Levu, on September 16. (APC) now flies once a week to Port Vila (VLI), capital of Vanuatu, with ATR42 airplanes, competing with Air Vanuatu’s also weekly operations that were only launched in July.
October 2012: Air Pacific (APC) has unveiled its new cabin product and livery that will accompany its relaunch as "Fiji Airways" next year. As part of the relaunch, (APC) will introduce new (C) business and (Y) economy class seats on the A330-200 airplanes that it has on order. The seats are provided by Zodiac Aerospace, while in-flight entertainment and connectivity will be provided by Panasonic Avionics' eX2 system.
The (C) business class seat will have a 60 inch/154 cm seat pitch that extends to 76 inch during the in-flight sleeping bed position. The bed also has an electrically actuated system, which allows the seat to recline and the leg rest to be extended.
The (Y) economy class seat will have a 7.5 inch recline, with a contoured composite back to provide optimum passenger support with thin cushions and an armrest with reduced width to increase passenger hip room.
(APC) will also introduce a new livery on the A330s, which will be used on flights from Fiji to Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. There will be three "Masi motifs" painted on the A330's tail and engine nacelles, which represent Fiji Airways. The "Teteva symbol", designed by Fijian artist, Makereta Matemosi, will be featured prominently at the center of the airline's new brand mark.
The unveiling of Fiji Airways' new livery and plane interiors is the latest of Air Pacific (APC)'s re-branding strategy. (APC) will revert to its 1951 name - Fiji Airways - as it enters the final phase of its re-branding and restructuring next year. The full re-branding is due to be completed by the end of 2013. "We have made significant progress with our turnaround plan during the last 30 months and have taken great strides to ensure everyone who steps aboard Fiji Airways in 2013 will be able to start their holiday when they step aboard. Service and comfort are top priorities, and these state-of-the-art airplanes promise the best of both worlds," says (APC) (CEO), Dave Pflieger.
February 2013: AirFrance Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) won a contract from Air Pacific (APC) to support its incoming A330/A340 fleet. (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) will provide fleet management services, component repair, and availability via dedicated logistics support, access to its dedicated regional A330 spares pool, and the supply of an A330 main base kit on Air Pacific (APC) premises.
March 2013: 2013 is set to be a year of considerable change for Air Pacific (APC). In April, it begins its long-haul fleet replacement as it receives the first of three A330-200s it is planning to receive over the next 12 months, and finally seeing the departure of its two 25-year-old 747-400s. In June, its airline name "Air Pacific" (APC) will cease to exist, only to be re-born on the same day as "Fiji Airways" (the name it operated under between 1951 and 1970) when the airline changed to its current name.
Having undergone a period of rapid growth earlier on in the decade, growing by over >40% between 2004 and 2008, annual seats offered by the airline have remained relatively flat since 2009, fluctuating around the 1.7 million mark. However, long- and medium-haul traffic has been restricted since January 2012, when the carrier released its single 767-300, and since then it has been relying on the 747s and its four 737s, while waiting for the arrival of the A330s to deliver any substantial growth. The delivery of the A330s will result in increased frequencies to Sydney (up to 17 weekly in peak December period), Melbourne (up to six weekly in peak), Hong Kong (up to thrice weekly in January 14), and Los Angeles (up to daily from November) over the next 12 months.
At nearly double the size of its nearest competition, New Zealand, Australia is by far the most important country market for Air Pacific (APC). In April 2013, the airline will operate 25x-weekly services to its three Australian destinations; Sydney (13x-weekly), Brisbane (7) and Melbourne (5), in comparison to the 12 flown to its two points in New Zealand, Auckland (11) and Christchurch (1).
Just to prove that the airline has been marking time awaiting its A330s, seven of the top 10 country markets have not seen any change in weekly capacity between April 2013 and April 2012. However, the big two markets of Australia and New Zealand will see marginal growth of +5% and +4%, respectively. This April, Melbourne will increase from four to five weekly 737-800 flights versus April 2012, Brisbane will see the new A330 on one of its daily services, replacing a 737-800 rotation, while Auckland has seen an additional 747 rotation instead of a 737-800 flight. The largest annual growth has been reserved for Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, which has seen a +14% spike in capacity over the 12 months being analyzed, thanks to a new weekly ATR 42 service, adding to the existing thrice weekly 737-800 operation.
Overall, the number of domestic seats offered by Air Pacific (APC) has increased by +3% in the period between April 2012 and April 2013. Nadi has the biggest airport in Fiji, and indeed it is the primary international gateway, and it also commands the most significant share of the top 12 domestic routes, putting Suva, Fiji’s capital, into second place. The 120 km connection between the two cities on the main Viti Levu Island is the busiest domestic air route, more than double the size of the capital’s connection with Labasa, the main town on the island of Vanua Levu.
All of the domestic flights are operated by (APC)’s subsidiary carrier Pacific Sun, which operates a fleet of ATR 42s and DHC-6s on inter-island connections. The five remaining routes in Pacific Sun’s domestic network (not detailed in the chart) all receive just a single weekly, 19-seat DHC-6 operation. With more tourists likely to be arriving in the islands over the next year, courtesy of (APC)’s new long-haul kit, many of its partner’s domestic routes may well benefit from increased frequencies as holidaymakers spread out across these beautiful isolated Pacific islands.
SEE ATTACHED - - "APC-TOP 10 DOMESTIC ROUTES."
SEE PHOTO - - "APC-2013-03 - LOCAL LOGO ARTIST" which shows local Masi artist Makereta Matemosi showing design for new tail logo, representing spirituality, consideration for others, and Fijian hospitality. The traditional i'Taukei circle will act as a centerpiece for the Fiji Airways' Logo, the airline's new name and brand which will be adopted this June.
Air Pacific (APC), Fiji’s national airline, has formally rolled out its soon to be adopted new ‘Fiji Airways’ identity with the delivery of its first new A330-200 airplane. Whilst (APC) will officially adopt the ‘Fiji Airways’ brand in June, the A330-200 will begin commercial services on April 2nd. The A330-200 was officially accepted by Nick Caine, Air Pacific (APC)’s (CFO), at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse.
The A330-200 is the first painted in Fiji Airways’ striking new livery depicting traditional Fijian symbols of welcome, caring and connection of its people to their islands.
The airplane is the first from an order for three A330-200 placed in 2011 to replace (APC)’s 747s and 767s with newer, more fuel-efficient airplanes. We are determined to become the airline of choice in the South Pacific. Our distinctive livery conveys the warmth and hospitality of our home. Our passengers will experience superior comfort with our state of the art cabin products once we start commercial operations with the A330 in April, with even better features and products to be rolled out once we become ‘Fiji Airways’ in June said Dave Pflieger, (APC)’s Managing Director & (CEO).
April 2013: Fiji Airways (APC), previously Air Pacific, earned a +$8 million net profit for its fiscal year that ended in March. The leisure carrier, which is 46% owned by Qantas (QAN), did however say that underlying pretax profit was down. It cited re-branding costs, disruptive weather and its induction of new A330s.
September 2013: Fiji Airways (APC) appointed a new (CEO): Stefan Pichler, formerly of Virgin Australia (VOZ) and Jazeera Airways (JZI).
December 2013: Fiji Airways (APC) is rebranding its Pacific Sun subsidiary, the island state’s main domestic and regional airline, as "Fiji Link."
The new brand will be adopted in mid-2014 after delivery of Pacific Sun’s new ATR 72 airplanes. It will feature the same earthy color palette and wordmark as (APC), as well as the Teteva and Makare motifs on the tail, which are a prominent part of the (APC) brand.
(APC) Managing Director & (CEO) Stefan Pichler said: “Pacific Sun hasn’t had a brand alignment with its commercial position since its inception. Following the rebranding of Fiji Airways [from Air Pacific (APC) in June this year], we made it a priority to create a new identity for our regional carrier. Now with an investment in brand new airplanes for the airline to complement the operational restructure it has been going through, the time is right for us to create an identity for Pacific Sun. ‘Fiji Link’ will fulfill its role as an extension of the (APC) network, carrying our customers throughout Fiji and beyond within the Pacific.”
Pacific Sun General Manager, Shaenaz Voss said: “Fiji Link is an appropriate name for our airline and, like its parent, Fiji Airways (APC), ‘Fiji Link’ will fly the Fijian flag wherever it flies. We are reinventing ourselves with this rebrand and once completed, our customers and the people of the Fiji will experience a new level of service excellence from "Fiji Link.”
January 2014: Fiji Airways (APC) said it will add 4 additional airplanes, increase seat capacity by +35% and staff numbers by nearly +30% under a new 5-year strategic plan.
The renamed "Air Pacific" said it will lease or buy an additional A330-200, 2 737-800s and 2 ATR 72-600s (1 of which will replace an existing ATR 42) by 2017 as part of an ambitious plan to increase passengers numbers by +39% over the next 5 years and to post operating profits of +FJ$100 million a year. "It is our aim is to be a world class boutique airline and we must match that with an ambitious but solid financial growth plan, which expands on current successes and takes our airline to a new level," (CEO) Stefan Pichler said.
"We need to be sustainably profitable and have a healthy cash flow to pay off our debts and fund new airplanes."
Flights to Asia will be the biggest beneficiary of the increased capacity, with (APC) saying capacity to Asian markets will increase by +144% over the period, which suggests that the extra A330 capacity will be predominantly deployed on Asia services. Intra Pacific flights will also grow strongly, by +86.6%, followed by a 58.9% increase in capacity to New Zealand, +28.4% to Australia, Fiji domestic capacity by +12.3%, and a small (-4.7%) decline in capacity to the USA.
"In terms of our network expansion plans, we will not be taking a 'trial and error' approach. We are focused on the deliberate selection of new routes together with the best airline partnerships," Pichler said. "Selection and timings of new routes will depend on detailed scheduling studies, together with interlining and code-sharing opportunities, and we will announce these as they are finalized."
Fiji Airways (APC) is 46% owned by Qantas (QAN), although (QAN) no longer has a seat on the airline's board following ongoing disputes with majority shareholder, the Fijian government.
(APC) operates 7 airplanes and serves 11 countries, 25 destinations, on 36 routes and 54 daily flights.
April 2014: Rebranded Fiji Airways (APC) (formerly Air Pacific) has reported a net profit of +FJD14.5 million/+$7.9 million for the 9 months to December 31, 2013, compared with a net profit of +FJD17.8 million for the preceding 12-month financial year.
The Air Pacific Group switched to a calendar financial year from the end of the previous financial year on March 31, 2013. The Air Pacific Group comprises Fiji Airways (APC), its wholly owned domestic and regional subsidiary Pacific Sun (which will be rebranded as Fiji Link this summer) and a 38.75% stake in a local resort.
Air Pacific (APC) board Chairman, Nalin Patel said both airlines made a profit in the 9-month period, with passenger boardings up +2.5% and revenue up +1% to FJD541.2 million. Yield was down -1.5% “due to the relentless competitive environment, especially to and from the USA and Australia.” “2013 was a major transition year for Fiji Airways (APC),” Patel said. “We rebranded to Fiji Airways (APC) and we changed over from our long-serving Boeing 747 airplanes to the more efficient Airbus A330 wide body airplane. This transition alone accounted for >FJD14 million one-time transition expenses in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Our finance costs increased +FJD33.6 million as we added these new airplanes to our fleet.”
(APC) Managing Director and (CEO) Stefan Pichler said: “Our recently approved five-year master plan sets the foundation for sustainable and profitable growth between now and the end of 2017.” He said (APC) is “getting ready to bring new airplanes in, growing our fleet by +25%.”
(APC) has also announced a new interline agreement with Abu Dhabi-based, Etihad Airways (EHD), which will allow reciprocal sales on routes to a number of destinations in the Middle East, Africa, North America, Asia, and Australia. The agreement is effective immediately, and is “the starting point of further negotiations between the two airlines,” Fiji Airways (APC) said.
(APC) has code share or interline agreements with a number of carriers, including American Airlines (AAL), Cathay Pacific (CAT), Qantas (QAN), and Air New Zealand (ANZ), as well as a cargo interline agreement with Emirates SkyCargo (EMC).
May 2014: Fiji Airways (APC) has started 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) flights from Suva (SUV), the capital of Fiji, to Sydney (SYD). The 3,240 km route, which launched on May 2nd, will be operated by (APC)’s 737-700s, and faces no direct competition. Stefan Pichler, (APC) Managing Director & (CEO) commented: “We’re excited about the introduction of this new service, which will allow Australian travelers to further explore and experience all that Fiji has to offer. The introduction of the direct Sydney to Suva flight will not only open up tourism for Suva, Pacific Harbour and surrounding islands, but also provide more convenient travel options for Government and business (C) travelers. The new service is a clear demonstration of our desire to grow our network, and boost Fijian tourism and economy.” (APC) already serves Sydney with 12 weekly flights from Nadi, using a mix of A330-200s and 737-800s.
Fiji Link ((IATA) Code: FJ, (ICAO) Code: FJA - (Callsign - LINK FIJI), based at Nadi) is set to take delivery of its 1st ATR 72-600, (1146), early next month, the Fiji Airways (APC) subsidiary has announced. The arrival of the turboprop in the South Pacific will also herald the transformation of the carrier from its current "Pacific Sun" branding into "Fiji Link."
As previously reported, initial services will likely cover Nadi to Apia Faleolo, Tongatapu, and Port Vila, as well as from Suva to Apia Faleolo.
Stefan Pichler Fiji Airways Group Managing Director & (CEO) said: “We are committed to grow in the South Pacific and the domestic markets as part of our Five Year Master plan. The arrival of the larger ATR 72-600 prop airplane marks the beginning of our fleet modernisation plan for Fiji Link."
A 1st ATR 42-600 and a 2nd ATR 72-600 are also scheduled to arrive in November and December paving the way for (APC)'s 2 existing ATR 42-500s (554, DQ-PSA; 534, DQ-PSB) to be retired.
August 2014: Fiji Airways (APC) recently reported a record $10 million underlying operating profit for the 1st half of 2014. While (CEO) Stefan Pichler is satisfied with these results, Pichler is still looking to improve operations. In the near future, those improvements will focus on fleet modernization, introducing new fuel-efficient airplanes for long haul and domestic operations.
"(APC) is going through a transitional period of innovative thinking from a technological standpoint and we recognize that this needs to be part of our daily processes. The continued improvements to our current airplane hardware and the introduction of more efficient Airbus (EDS) products are the foundation," Pichler said.
In 2013, Fiji introduced its 1st Airbus A330-200 as a replacement to the older Boeing 767s it was using on transcontinental flights. The A330 has had a "positive influence on not only fuel burn, but also enhanced our environmental footprint," Pichler said.
By 2017, Fiji will increase its fleet size by +25%, with the purchase or lease of another new A330-200, 2 737-800s, and 2 ATR 72-600s, according to its 5-year strategic plan. This will coincide with Fiji's goal of growing its passenger numbers by +39% over the next 5 years.
(APC) as the national carrier of Fiji, a nation that features >1,000 miles of white sand beaches spread over 300 islands about 1,300 miles northeast of New Zealand. Although they do a lot of inter-island flying, current operations feature >400 flights per week to nearly 15 cities in 10 different countries worldwide. According to Pichler, the strongest performing markets during the 1st half of the year included the USA. In terms of passenger numbers, Australia and the Asia Pacific region were strongest.
Outside of introducing more fuel-efficient airplanes, Pichler is also interested introducing Electronic Flight Bags (EFB)s and upgrading the Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) across the fleet. But despite the growing number of In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) options available on the market and the standard equipment facilitating satellite connectivity on the A330-200, Pichler is not interested in deploying connectivity any time soon.
"We don’t have any immediate plans to install Wi-Fi on our airplanes. We are happy to be a follower in this area and adapt proven practices at the right time," said Pichler. "We are always monitoring the vendor modifications available to our equipment and follow a very robust internal process to determine which modifications are embodied. Of course, for future enhancements, we are always on the look out to leverage whatever is maybe on offer, providing it makes sense and adds value to the product life cycle. Of interest is the (EFB) and (ELT) options available in the market today and I would expect within one or two years, that we embark on a feasibility study to see what the real value added, is to our fleets."
Fiji Airways (APC) Managing Director and (CEO) Stefan Pichler has been given a 3-year appointment as the new Chair of Tourism Fiji.
November 2014: News Item A-2: SEE ATTACHED - - "APC-2014-10 - AVIATION DESIGN AWARD" showing Airways Magazine's strategic partner, Thedesignair.net selection of Fiji Airways (APC) winning the best airline livery of 2013.
February 2015: Fiji Airways (APC) has commenced weekly (Wednesday) flights on February 4th between Suva (SUV) and Koro Island (KXF). The 117-km route will be flown by Fiji Link’s 16-seat Twin Otter. No other carrier serves the route. In fact, this is the only scheduled service at Koro Island Airport, which has a sloping 790 m runway. The route was previously served on a weekly basis by Northern Air with a Britten-Norman Islander. The (APC) flight will depart Suva at 10:05 for Koro Island with a scheduled flight time of 35 minutes. The return flight departs Koro at 11:25 am, arriving in Suva at 11:00.
(APC) Managing Director & (CEO) Stefan Pichler (now still (CEO) at airberlin (BER)) commented: “We’re grateful that the Government has encouraged this service through the provision of a subsidy, thereby establishing a direct flight link between the Capital and Koro Island. This will be of tremendous assistance to the people of Koro to get to Suva, and will also allow those originally from Koro to visit their home island from Viti Levu. Because of accessibility, infrastructure and other determining factors, some remote islands may be more difficult to maintain profitable services to, but by working with the Government, we are able to provide regular air travel to these normally inaccessible destinations.” Year-round fares for the route start from $190 one way.
(APC) said it is analyzing an Asian route, will add a Nadi - Wellington service in June, and will boost frequencies on existing routes with the added capacity, (APC) said in a recent 2014 earnings presentation.
Former airline (CEO) Stefan Pichler said last year that the 4th A330 would probably be added in late 2015 or early 2016. The additional airplane will allow (APC) to open a new international route, most likely to China or Japan, Pichler said.
The additional 737-800 will join 4 family members in (APC)’s fleet, including 1 737-700. Pichler, who has since moved on to take the head job at Airberlin (BER), said it would be used to add routes and frequencies in the Australia and New Zealand markets, as well as possibly opening other South Pacific destinations.
(APC) serves 3 destinations in Australia and 2 in New Zealand, with its other international flights to Honolulu, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and about half-a-dozen other Pacific island nations. In addition to the jets, it operates a turboprop fleet for some inter-island services.
The airplane deliveries will continue (APC)’s multi-year transformation, which has seen it rebrand from Air Pacific (APC) and bring in new fleet types to replace older models.
This restructuring is yielding impressive financial results. The Fiji Airways Group recorded a net profit of +F$52.9 million/+$25.9 million for 2014, compared to a profit of +F$14.5 million for the nine months through December 31, 2013. The comparison is with a partial year, as (APC) switched from a fiscal year to a calendar year for its results.
The group’s operating profit of +F$60.8 million was more than twice as high as its previous record. (APC) said these results are not just driven by lower fuel prices in the second half of the year. Any upside it realized from fuel prices was largely offset by the negative effect of currency movement versus the US dollar, and one-off costs such as the repair of an A330 following a hard landing.
Core markets in Australia and New Zealand performed strongly; demand also grew on the Hong Kong and Los Angeles routes. Unit revenue rose +6.9%, and load factor increased +6.3 points to 83% LF. (APC) is paying out a F$3,000 bonus to all employees as a result of its profit, which is believed to be the highest bonus of this type awarded by a Fijian company.
Pichler has started his new role as (CEO) of Airberlin (BER), but remains an (APC) board member.
Fiji Airways (APC), bolstered by record profits in 2014, is preparing to expand its fleet and network this year, adding a fourth Airbus A330 and a fourth Boeing 737-800.
April 2015: Fiji Airways (APC) is set to appoint industry veteran Peter Hill as its new (CEO) following the departure of former (CEO) Stefan Pichler in February.
Pichler, who is now (CEO) of Airberlin (BER), said last month that a field of some 42 applicants for the top job at Fiji Airways (APC) had been “narrowed down to just four,” of which Hill, currently an adviser to SriLankan Airlines (LNK), was one. The final selection has been confirmed by SriLankan Airlines (LNK) Chairman, Ajith Dias, who commented that Hill “is leaving [SriLankan (LNK)] because he was offered this position” at (APC).
Fiji Airways (APC) has not yet rubber-stamped the appointment; officially it said its board is still deciding between 3 shortlisted candidates, and that “Hill was one of those shortlisted.”
Hill was at SriLankan (LNK) following a request from the island’s government that he come out of retirement to give advice on operations. He had previously been (CEO) of (LNK) for 8 years starting in 1999.
However, he was ousted from the job (and the country) in 2007, following a spat with then Sri Lankan Premier, Mahinda Rajapaksa, when Hill refused to allow a 35-strong presidential entourage to displace booked passengers from a scheduled flight. Hill then became (CEO) at Oman Air (OMR), but officially retired in 2011.
Pichler had been at (APC) for a little over a year, overseeing the revamp of the 46% Qantas (QAN)-owned airline, which had previously seen strained business ties with the Fijian government. The government owns a majority 51% share.
Following Pichler’s appointment in late 2013, (APC) reported a significant jump in net profits to +$55.6 million for the full year 2014, up from only +$8.7 million the previous year.
The appointment could see Hill extending (APC)’s ties with Qantas (qan), a move Pichler had already been exploring. (APC) has an established international network to several Pacific states, as well as Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Australia using Airbus A330s, and has recently launched a new service it calls "FijiLink" using 3 ATR 72 airplanes to serve regional island destinations.
June 2015: Fiji Airways (APC) on June 25 began operating 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) between Nadi (NAN) and Wellington (WLG) in New Zealand. The year-round 2,630 km service will be operated by the (APC)’s 737s and will compete with Air New Zealand (ANZ)’s 3x-weekly service.
(APC) now operates up to 13x-weekly services between Auckland and Fiji, and 2x-weekly services between Christchurch and Nadi, plus Wellington and Nadi.
August 2015: Fiji Airways (APC) reported a 1st-half 2015 operating profit before tax of +FJD17.5 million/+$8.2 million, up +16.5% from +FJD15.4 million in the year-ago half.
(APC) Chairman Nalin Patel said the (1H) 2015 results represented “yet another outstanding performance,” on the back of a record +FJD60.8 million profit for the 2014 financial year.
“The key driver of our underlying profitability was a +6.7% increase in passenger numbers for the 1st 6 months of the year and a +4.7% increase in our overall revenue,” Patel said. “While there is no room for complacency, we are seeing some excellent results from the financial growth plan that (APC) has had in place since last year, with its emphasis on strong fiscal discipline and continuously improving efficiencies.”
Attorney General & Minister for Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the results laid a solid foundation for (APC)’s future growth, including new routes and new airplanes.
“This result comes less than a month after (APC) made another early repayment to the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) (the national superannuation fund) for the loans it took out to invest in new airplanes,” he said.
Late last month, (APC) said it would make a further lump sum repayment of FJD20 million on its (FNPF) loan facility, bringing the total owed to <FJD100 million. In 2012, the (FNPF) agreed a loan facility of FJD181 million for the initial down payment on 3 Airbus A330 aircraft. In May last year, Fiji Airways (APC) opted not to draw down FJD35.5 million of the original loan and also made an early payment of <FJD19 million.
In addition, (APC) paid its major shareholder, the Fijian government, a dividend of >FJD2.5 million as part of an overall payment of <FJD5 million.
The Fijian government owns 51% of (APC), and Qantas (QAN) is the other major shareholder with a 46% stake. The remaining shares are held by Air New Zealand (ANZ) and the governments of Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa, and Nauru. (QAN) received a dividend payment of FJD2.3 million and the other shareholders received varying amounts, according to their respective stakes.
Fiji Airways (APC) Acting (CEO) David Bowden said: “We must be mindful that the 2nd half of the year will be challenging if we are to meet our expectations for the full financial year. However, the team is definitely up to the task. Foreign exchange considerations will continue to be a factor for us, as will the rising price of fuel. But we remain focused and dedicated to the strategies in place to address these challenges.”
September 2015: Fiji flag carrier, Fiji Airways (APC) will increase flight frequencies on its Fiji (Nadi International) - Hong Kong International route from October 25. (APC) will add an extra weekly Airbus A330 flight to a 4x-weekly schedule between the two cities.
Fiji Airways (APC) reached 100,000 monthly passengers for the 1st time in July, and says the new service will help the airline boost visitor numbers from China, greater Asia and Europe.
“The new route is . . . part of our plans to develop our Nadi hub,” Fiji Airways (APC) acting (CEO) David Bowden said. He added that (APC)’s code share agreement with Cathay Pacific (CAT) will help passengers tap into flights that connect to Hong Kong.
Since the airline underwent a major reorganization under previous (CEO), Stefan Pichler, it has seen significant progress away from a massive $14 million loss in 2009. (APC) reported an operating profit of +$8.2 million for the 2015 first half, alongside a +6.7% corresponding increase in passenger numbers compared to 2014.
The airline is also upgrading its fleet with new aircraft, including leased ATR 72-600s, plans to expand both domestic and regional network links, and is to install a new (CEO), former Air Mauritius (MAU) (CEO) Andre Viljoen in October.
Fiji Airways (APC) has a 13-strong fleet, including Airbus A330s, Boeing 737s, and ATR 72s and ATR 42s; it is 46% owned by Qantas (QAN).
October 2015: Fiji Airways (APC) will launch a direct flight from its home base at Nadi International Airport, Fiji, to Singapore’s Changi Airport from next year.
March 2016: Karam Chan who used to work for Fiji Airways (APC) and Virgin Australia (VOZ) moved to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) in 2013 and was recently made its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (2016-04).
April 2016: Fiji Airways (APC) on April 5 began non-stop, 2x-weekly flights on the 8,302 km route from Nadi (NAN) to Singapore (SIN) using its 273-seat A330-200s. No other carrier serves this airport pair.
June 2016: News Item A-1: "Fiji Airways and Jetstar Group Sign Interline Deal" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, June 2, 2016.
Fiji flag carrier, Fiji Airways (APC) and Asian low-cost carrier (LCC) group Jetstar (IMU) have signed an interline agreement covering 21 Asian destinations out of Singapore's Changi Airport from (APC)’s Nadi International Airport, and to further Jetstar (IMU) connecting destinations in the South Pacific.
The deal covers Asian-based subsidiaries Jetstar Airways (IMU), Jetstar Asia (JSA), Jetstar Japan (JJP), and Jetstar Pacific (PAH). All the group’s (LCC) carriers will offers connections into Fiji Airways (APC)’s recently launched schedule on Singapore - Nadi.
Initial interline links will cover Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, The Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Fiji Airways (APC) (CEO) Andre Viljoen said the agreement would offer “seamless” connecting travel from 21 cities out of Singapore in the 1st instance, but could in future be extended to include a total of 73 destinations by including those served by Australian affiliate Jetstar Airways (IMU).
The move bolsters Jetstar Group's existing interline portfolio of 46 partners that includes Air France (AFA) - (KLM), British Airways (BAB), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), and Qantas (QAN). This comes on the heels of the recently announced Value Alliance (VA), a collaborative marketing group of 8 Asian (LCC)s.
The (VA) group, promises increased marketing and booking options for travelers across 8 Asian (LCC)s from Korea and Japan to the Philippines (but does not include Jetstar (IMU)).
Fiji Airways (APC) operates a 15-aircraft fleet including Airbus A330s, Boeing 737s, ATR 72 and ATR 42 turboprops and DHC-6 Twin Otters. It serves 48 destinations in 12 countries across the Pacific islands, Oceania, Australasia, the USA, and Hong Kong.
News Item A-2: Fiji Airways (APC) has launched a new San Francisco – Fiji service to complement its existing Fiji - Los Angeles and Honolulu schedules.
The 2x-weekly service will fly from Fiji’s Nadi International to San Francisco International using Airbus A330 aircraft.
(APC)'s (CEO) Andre Viljoen said the new schedule would help expand (APC)’s network into the growing Pacific - Australasia - USA market.
“As we continue to grow the airline, [this service] will extend our reach into North America allowing onward connections to most USA and Canadian cities,” he said.
(APC), the Fiji flag carrier intends to initially operate the route on a seasonal basis to coincide with peak USA holiday periods, and will run flights from June through August, and again at the end of the year from December to January.
The move comes on the heels of a new interline agreement between Fiji Airways and the Jetstar (IMU) group to expand its reach into the Southeast Asian market.
(APC) said the new connection would help drive increased visitor numbers from the USA to Fiji, but could also offer Fiji as a connecting hub from Australia. It operates a 5x-weekly, Fiji - Melbourne, Australia service as well as a 2x-daily service from Fiji to Sydney, Australia and a daily schedule to Auckland, New Zealand.
October 2016: Fiji Airways (APC) and American Airlines (AAL) are strengthening their code share agreement to include more cities in the USA, as well as a significant international connection at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The extended agreement allows for connections when flying between Fiji, across the USA and the UK. Fiji Airways (APC) will add 8 new code share departure cities to/from Los Angeles (LAX) and 7 connecting flights to/from San Francisco (SFO). This gives customers traveling on (APC) nonstop flights from (LAX) and (SFO) better access to Fiji from major USA cities such as Atlanta, Nashville, Portland, Philadelphia, Seattle, Dallas, New York, Miami, and Phoenix. (AAL)’s customers also gain new code share service on (APC) between (SFO) and Nadi, Fiji.
November 2016: Fiji Airways (APC) has committed to ordering 5 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to replace its narrow body fleet of 4 737-800s and 1 737-700.
The 1st 2 737 MAX 8s will be delivered in 2018; the remaining 3 in 2019. All will be powered by (CFM) International (LEAP-1B)s, the sole-source engine for the 737 MAX. The order is valued at $550 million at list prices.
(APC) said it will operate the 737 MAXs on short- and medium-haul flights operated by its 737NGs between Fiji and Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, as well as on new routes. “As a consequence of the fierce competition between the rival bidders and the extensive process followed by (APC), we have achieved a ground-breaking package deal that represents excellent value for our shareholders, customers and stakeholders,” Fiji Airways (APC) (CEO) Andre Viljoen said.
He said the aircraft will be financed through a 12-year sale and leaseback arrangement with Boeing, (GE) Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF) and (CFM).
Fiji Airways (APC), which is majority-owned by the Fiji government, said it will configure the 737 MAX 8 with 170 seats in a 2-class configuration.
Fiji’s civil aviation minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum noted that the 737 MAX acquisitions will continue Fiji Airways (APC)’s fleet modernization, a process begun 3 years ago with the delivery of (APC)’s 1st wide body, an Airbus A330-200.
He also said that (APC)’s Boeing relationship will enable the setting up of a flight simulator school and related aircraft training and specialization in Fiji: “This will not only save us considerable expense in the training of our pilots (FC), but establish Fiji as a regional aviation training hub.”
Boeing (TBC) said in a statement that the airplanes will allow Fiji Airways (APC) “to expand into new markets throughout Oceania and SE Asia.”
March 2017: Fiji Airways Group reported +FJD84.5 million/$39.7 million in 2016 group operating profit before tax, up +20.4% from +FJD70.2 million in 2015. Total revenue for the year was FJD825.3 million, up +1.2% over FJD815.3 million in 2015.
“Last year culminated in the largest profit Fiji Airways (APC) has ever recorded in a year when Fiji had the most devastating cyclone in the nation’s history, slow down tourism and [we launched] 3 new international routes,” (APC) Managing Director & (CEO) Andre Viljoen said. “The result would not have been possible without the backing of the Fijian government and the Fijian people.”
In 2016, (APC) launched new routes between Fiji’s Nadi International Airport and San Francisco, Singapore, and Vava’u, Tonga. The airline group, which includes national carrier Fiji Airways and domestic subsidiary Fiji Link, carried 1.4 million passengers in 2016, up +7.7% over 2015.
“The financial results and other accomplishments also show what government and state-owned entities can do together when government has a strong and focused vision and established a proper operating environment, and then lets management do what it is supposed to do as a commercial entity,” Fiji Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.
(APC) said yields were under pressure throughout the year, attributable to increased capacity of competitors, combined with airfare discounts offered by competitors taking advantage of low fuel prices. A tropical cyclone hit the island in February 2016, to which Fiji Airways (APC) responded by slashing its airfares, causing the company >-FJD40 million in lost revenue.
“However, these actions by Fiji Airways (APC) are largely responsible for Fiji’s tourism growth of +5% experienced in 2016,” the company said.
“2017 will be another busy year targeting many further service improvements [and] increasing our focus on Singapore with a dedicated new sales team in place and a codeshare partnership with Jet Airways (JPL) to target more Indian travelers,” Viljoen said.
In 2017, (APC) plans to open a new route between Nadi and Adelaide, Australia in June. Additionally, (APC) will extend its Nadi - San Francisco route to year-round service.
July 2017: Fiji Airways (APC) commenced 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) direct services from Nadi (NAN) to Adelaide (ADL) on June 30. This route marks the 4th Australian destination for (APC) after Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. As well as giving South Australians direct access to Fiji, the new route will also act as a gateway via Nadi to the USA (Los Angeles and San Francisco).
Furthering this, South Australians will be able to connect to the South Pacific region with (APC)’s flights to Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu via Nadi. “We’re delighted to launch our 4th Australian route, which will allow us to bring our unique Fijian hospitality to South Australia and will provide an alternative route to the USA via Nadi,” said Andre Viljoen, Managing Director & (CEO) of Fiji Airways (APC).
The new service will also be good news for the sizeable Fijian community living in South Australia. “South Australia’s strong Fijian community will benefit from a direct connection to Nadi to bring them closer to family and friends,” said Mark Young, Managing Director, Adelaide Airport.
(APC) will face no direct competition on this airport pair, which is operated by its 164-seat 737-800 fleet.
August 2017: Fiji Airways (APC) has agreed to buy 3 Viking Twin Otter Series 400s for its Fiji Link subsidiary carrying regional commuters on domestic routes throughout the island nation. The deal includes 1 option.
The Series 400 Twin Otters are scheduled for delivery between October 2017 and February 2018, and will be added to Fiji Airways’ existing fleet of 3 legacy Twin Otter aircraft based at Nadi International Airport.
Fiji Airways (APC) has been operating Twin Otter aircraft for >10 years.
“The Twin Otter remains the aircraft of choice for our subsidiary Fiji Link’s operations to most of Fiji’s smaller airports,” Fiji Airways Group Managing Director & (CEO) Andre Viljoen said. “The Series 400 is a definite step up for our expanded Twin Otter fleet, and will allow us to increase capacity to key Fijian destinations.”
The Series 400 Twin Otters will be delivered as standard land planes in 19-passenger configuration, and equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) (PT6A-34) turbine engines and Honeywell (SGC) Primus Apex fully integrated digital (IFR) avionics suite.
Fiji Airways (APC) operates a mixed fleet of Airbus A330s, ATR 42/ATR 72-600s and Boeing 737s, in addition to the Twin Otters. In November 2016, (APC) ordered 5 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to replace its 737 fleet. The 1st 2 737 MAX 8s will be delivered in 2018; the remaining 3 in 2019.
Viking is the original type certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing and product support for the legacy de Havilland fleet. In 2007 Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date over 130 new Viking aircraft have been sold to 29 countries worldwide.
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1 737-7X2 (CFM56-7B24) (96-28878, /98 DQ-FJF "ISLAND OF KORU"), WET-LST (QAN) 2001-10. RF (QAN) 2003-03. 12C, 100Y.
2 737-800 (CFM56-7B), LSD. 12C, 100Y.
2 737-8X2 (CFM56-7B26) (275-29968, /99 DQ-FJG "ISLAND OF KADAVU") (339-29969, /99 DQ-FJH "ISLAND OF GAU"), WITH WINGLETS. 12C, 142Y.
1 737-86J (CFM56-7B) (37754, DQ-FJM "MAMANUKA ISLANDS", EX-(D-ABKL), (RBS) LSD 2011-10. WITH WINGLETS. 12C, 142Y.
5 ORDERS (2018-02) 737 MAX 8 (TO REPLACE ITS OLDER 737 FLEET):
0 747-238B (RB211-534D4) (464-22614, /80 DQ-FJE "ISLAND OF VITI LEVU"), (QAN) 2 YR LSD, RTND. 34C, 399Y.
0 747-238B (RB211-534D4) (410-22145, DQ-FJI), RTND (QAN) 2000-08.
0 747-238B (RB211-524D4) (464-22614, /80 DQ-FJE "ISLAND OF VITI LEVU"), (QAN) WET-LSD. RTND 2003-03. 34C, 399Y.
0 747-338 (662-23688, VH-EBX), (QAN) 1 MTH WET-LSD 2003-03, RTND.
0 747-422 (UAL) WET-LSD 2008-10. RTND.
0 747-412 (PW4056) (722-24062, /89 DQ-FJL "ISLAND OF VITI LEVU;" 755-24064, /89 DQ-FJK "ISLAND OF VANUA LEVU"), (SIA) 5 YR LSD 2003-06. BOTH TO GO OUT OF SERVICE IN APRIL 2013 WHEN REPLACED BY A330-200'S. 28C, 430Y.
0 767-3X2ER (CF6-80C2B6) (552-26269, /94 DQ-FJC ISLAND OF TAVEUNI"), EX-(BRT), (ILF) LSD 1994-09, 18C, 238Y.
0 767-338ER (242-24316, VH-OGB), (QAN) LSD 2004-08.
0/0 ORDERS (2/11) 787-9 (GEnx), 8/3 ORDERS CANCELLED 2011-04:
3 A330-200 (TRENT 700), 24C, 292Y.
1 DHC-8-103 (229), EX-(NJS) (2001-07).
0 ATR 42-500 (PW127E) (534, /97 DQ-PSB "SAINT BRANDON;" 554 /97 DQ-PSA "COIN DE MIRE"), BF (MAU) 2006-06. TO BE RETIRED 2014-06. 48Y.
1 ATR 42-600 (1041, DQ-FJY), EX-(F-WWLW), NORTH AVIATION CAPITAL LSD FOR FIJI LINK OPS.
2 +2 ORDERS ATR 72-600 (1146) FOR FIJI LINK OPS 2014-06.
1 EMBRAER ERJ-120ER BRASILIA.
3 LEGACY TWIN OTTER FOR FIJI LINK OPS.
3/1 ORDERS (2017-10) VIKING TWIN OTTERS SERIES 400 (PT6A-34) FOR FIJI LINK OPS.
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NALIN PATEL, CHAIRMAN (2006-07).
ANDRE VILJOEN, GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
TONY WONG, EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS/SERVICES (1998-05).
Tony is a long serving employee of Air Pacific (APC) who joined the Company in January 1967. He gained his 1st managerial appointment in 1973 as Traffic Superintendent. This was followed with management posts in Airport Services (1976), Procedures & Handling (1977), Traffic (1978), Technical Planning (1980), Airline Services (1981) and Airline Operations (1984). Was appointed General Manager Operations in 1992. He has undergone extensive training with Qantas (QAN), successfully completed management courses with the (FNTC) and University of The South Pacific as well as a Qantas (QAN) Advanced Management Program in 1985. Has attended courses at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila and McGill University, Montreal. Graduate of Concordia University, Montreal with a Master of Business Administration (Aviation).
MS JOSEPHINE YEE JOY, EXECUTIVE GENERAL MANAGER CORPORATE SUPPORT & COMPANY SECRETARY.
Josephine was educated in Fiji, but obtained tertiary qualifications in USA (B.A. and M.A.T. from College of Notre Dame and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University). After graduating, she joined California-based Raychem Corporation, as an Analyst, then Business Planner. She returned to Fiji, joining Air Pacific (APC) in April 1986 as Financial Analyst. She was promoted to Financial Planning Accountant 1987. Later, she was appointed Company Secretary and Financial Planning Manager in 1988, Acting Director of Finance in 1991, Director of Finance in 1993 and General Manager Commercial in 1996. She was appointed to her current position in March 1998.
NICK KANE, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
CAPTAIN MATERETI TUISUE, GENERAL MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS & CHIEF PILOT (NANOZFJ) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A 27 year veteran with Air Pacific (APC), Captain Matereti Tuisue joined as a DC-3 First Officer in January 1972, direct from flying school in the UK, Graduated to HS748 as First Officer and subsequently flew as either First Officer or Captain on virtually all equipment in the Company fleet from Trislanders to Bandeirantes and BAC 1-11 jets. Appointed 737-200 captain in 1982. Was 1st Fiji National to qualify as a 747 captain in September 1985. Became Manager Flight Operations, November 1988. Has attended (IATA) Flight Management Course in Singapore 1989 and was attached for short endorsement to Malaysian Airlines (MAS) in 1990 to study flight operations and general airline management. Still flying for Air Pacific (APC) as a 747 check & training captain.
JIMMY SAMSON, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING (1998-05) (NANLZFJ),
(email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jimmy has been with Air Pacific (APC) >23 years, joining in February 1976 as an apprentice. He served his 5-year apprenticeship term in Aircraft Engineering. Included 12-month basic aeronautical courses with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the successful completion of the New South Wales Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance at Sydney Institute of Technology. Licensed on most of the Company's 737, 767 & 747 fleet in the trades of airframe/engines/limited avionics. He held various Engineering management positions including Manager Engineering & Maintenance and appointed General Manager Engineering. He has completed Executive Staff Course and Advanced Management Program at the NZ Institute of Management and attained Certificate in Business Management at the Australian Institute of Management. Member of the NZ Institute of Management. Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Committee on the (FIT)/(TAFE) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Trainee Course, Secretary to the South Pacific Boeing Operations Technical Group. Appointed to current position in April 1998.
CAPTAIN JOHN MILNE, MANAGER OF LINE OPERATIONS.
DINESH CHANDRA, GENERAL MANAGER NETWORK DEVELOPMENT (1998-06).
Dinesh started with Air Pacific (APC) in 1972 as a Traffic Officer at the Suva City Terminal. He moved through the ranks to the position of Traffic Controller in 1982. Was appointed to head the Financial Planning Department in 1982 and was subsequently moved to Marketing Planning in 1986 with responsibility for the Reservations and Tariffs Section. Has a Certificate in Business Management from the Australian Institute of Management. He participated in (IATA) Airline Management Course and attended courses at International Aviation Management Training Institute as well as a four-month attachment at Qantas (QAN) in 1996. He was appointed General Manager, Strategic Planning in October 1998. He was appointed to current position in September 2002.
MICHAEL NACOLA, GENERAL MANAGER, SALES & MARKETING.
ASHWIN SINGH, GENERAL MANAGER FINANCE.
Ashwin graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1994 with Bachelor of Commerce & Administration Degree. He joined Air Pacific (APC) in April 1995 as Graduate Trainee - Finance after spending 15 months with (KPMG) Peat Marwick. He was appointed Freight Accountant in 1996. He was promoted to Manager Logistics & Crew Resources in 1998. He was appointed General Manager, Customer Relations & Services in April 2001. He was appointed to current position in September 2002.
MANOA KAMIKAMICA, GENERAL MANAGER STRATEGIC PLANNING.
Manoa joined Air Pacific (APC), in September 1996 from Price Waterhouse as Director of Finance Designate. He spent seven years in chartered accounting in Fiji and Australia, specializing in internal audit and manufacturing. He graduated from University of New South Wales in 1989 with Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting/Information Systems. He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Fiji and Australia. He was appointed Director of Finance in September 1997. He was appointed to current position in September 2002.
ISAKE KOMAILEVUKA, GENERAL MANAGER CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Isake began his career with the Fiji Development Bank as an Industrial Loans Officer in 1978 after graduating with a BA degree from the University of the South Pacific. He joined the USA Mission to Fiji as Economics & Trade Advisor in 1988, before accepting the position of Director of Human Resources (HR) at Air Pacific (APC) in September 1995. He assumed role of General Manager, Human Resources, with oversight on Property Services and Corporate Administration in 1998. He was appointed to current position in September 2002.
WATSON SEETO, GENERAL MANAGER AIRPORT OPERATIONS
Watson joined Air Pacific (APC) in 1978 as a Traffic Officer at Nausori Airport and moved through the Airport ranks to position of Airport Systems and Handling Controller in 1986. He held a number of Management positions thereafter; Manager Airport Operations (1990), Freight Director (1996), Manager Sales (1998) and Manager Airports and Freight (2001). He had posting stints to New Zealand in 1999 and 2001 and to Japan as head of the Regions. He holds a Certificate in Business Management from the Australian Institute of Management and has participated in (IATA) Management, Marketing, Airport Operations, Airport Planning and Security courses including an Executive Tourism Development Course at the Southern Cross University and an advanced Management program with the National University of Singapore. Appointed to current position in October 2002.
RANJAN NAIDU, GENERAL MANAGER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) & COMMUNICATIONS.
JOHN NICKEL, REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER AUSTRALIA.
CAPTAIN PAUL HILTON, STANDARDS & SAFETY OFFICER (NSANOZFJ) (email@example.com).
RONNI MUNI DEO, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER.
PHIL SPROUL, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES (NANLZFJ) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MRS FANTASHA LOCKINGTON, MANAGER PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (1998-05).
JOMA SEVURA, MANAGER GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY AFFAIRS (2008-09).