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Fiji Airways releases a new eco-focused in-flight safety video, will return December 1

Fiji Airways has introduced a new safety video:

Fiji Airways is returning to service on December 1. To celebrate the return, the airline has launched an eco-focused in-flight safety video, teasing international travelers with footage of tropical islands and breathtaking natural wonders, all while championing the local businesses and communities helping to preserve it.

Shot across seven locations, the five-minute safety briefing is delivered amongst some of the many initiatives being undertaken to preserve Fiji’s beautiful yet fragile home. These include Mangrove Rehabilitation projects, solar powered resorts, turtle sanctuaries and coral nurseries, among others.

With more than 84% of the adult population double vaccinated, and a mandate for all adult employees to be fully vaxxed by 1st November, Fiji is on track to be one the most COVID-safe travel destinations on the planet. And with flights from the United States resuming from 30th November Fiji Airways’ Managing Director & CEO Andre Viljoen hopes the latest production will no doubt get travellers dreaming of a White Sand Christmas.

“The unveiling of this production is more than just another safety video. It’s very symbolic of the journey we have been on for the past 18 months and our return to the skies in an eco-sustainable manner. The production started before COVID-19 struck, so to be able to finally play it onboard our aircraft signals that we are very close to welcoming tourists back to Fiji,” said Viljoen.

The video which opens up on Fiji’s iconic Malamala Beach Club includes a number of pilots and cabin crew in addition to professional actors. From under-water shots to high flying drone action, the production takes viewers on a journey of discovery into Fiji’s vast and beautiful environment. At each location a local resort, business or initiative is introduced by the cabin crew member and championed for its eco-sustainability efforts. It also features footage onboard Fiji Airways’ luxurious A350 aircraft – it’s most eco-sustainable aircraft to date.

Current Fiji Airways staff feature heavily in the production, including First Officer Pilots Petrina Simpson and Vinay Makanji , as well as Lounge staff member Liku Gucake. The voiceover used throughout is also that of Reservations Senior Manager Anna Morris – adding to its authenticity and playing homage to Fiji’s family values.

It also features cameo appearances from Fiji’s world renowned Fijiana womens and Fijian Mens rugby sevens teams, who are fresh from recent success in Tokyo. Fijiana players Tokasa Seniyasai, Reijeli Uluinayau and Verenaisi Bari feature alongside their male counterparts Ratu Mele Derenalagi, Alasio Naduva, and Livai Ikanikoda. Plus, past and present players from the popular Crusaders Super Rugby team, Manasa MataeleTom Christie and Inga Finau.

The production team spent months researching some of the incredible environmental initiatives taking place across Fiji’s 300+ islands. While some locations narrowly missed the cut, the film directed by Edward Copestick was structured in such a way to allow new initiatives to feature in future iterations of the production.

“As an airline, eco-sustainability is a journey we are committed to taking.  Fuel is a major contributor to an airline’s carbon emissions, and we use state-of-the-art software systems like SkyBreathe to monitor, track and optimize our use of fuel. Over the years, aircraft technology has advanced, airframes have become lighter and pilots more aware of economical fuel burn. All this contributes to lower fuel usage by modern aircraft. Fiji Airways has two A350 XWB aircraft and five Boeing 737 MAX in its fleet, which are among the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world. The reduction in fuel usage and carbon dioxide emission is a focus for our airline, and aligned with the leadership role that Fiji plays in bringing the world’s attention to the adverse impact of climate change on nations like ours. ”

The new safety video will screen onboard all Fiji Airways international flights from December 1, 2021.

Location Partners & Environmental Initiatives

Mangrove Plantation at Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa
Solar Powered Resort at Six Senses Fiji
Eco-Trax Fiji sustainable eco-activities
Turtle Sanctuary at Nakelo Treasure Island Resort Fiji
Coral Nurseries at Plantation Island Resort Fiji

Credits

Agency: CampaignLab
Director: Edward Copestick
DOP: Spencer Frost
Assistant Director: Maxime Lebigre
Editor/CGI: Jeremie Siguan
Lighting: Moses Fotofili
H&M: Leanne Goff, Totoka
Voiceover: Anna Morris, Senior Manager Reservations and Service Culture, Fiji Airways
Lead talent: Fiji Airways A330 First Officer Petrina Simpson and B737 First Officer Vinay Makanji and Fiji Airways Premier Lounge Concierge Liku Gucake and external talent Natasha McGoon
Fiji Airways Team: Shane HusseinBruce RoundsAngeline Lal, Hem Chand, Sandeepak Ratnam

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Fiji Airways set to welcome visitors from the US from December 2, 2021

"Island of Kadavu", Fiji's first MAX 8

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, has announced that flights to the South Pacific paradise will officially resume for fully vaccinated international travelers from December 1, 2021, with the first commercial flight from the United States to Fiji since March 2020 scheduled to depart Los Angeles and San Francisco on November 30th, arriving in Fiji (Nadi) December 2.

From November 30, Fiji Airways will launch daily flights from Los Angeles to Fiji (Nadi) utilizing its brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, five flights a week from San Francisco on its A330 aircraft, and two flights a week from Honolulu utilizing it Boeing 737 MAX (top).

The Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced the travel framework which would allow Fiji to reopen its borders to tourists from December 1 after more than 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All arriving travelers must be fully vaccinated, present evidence of a 72-hour negative RT-PCR test prior to boarding, and complete an additional rapid test at their pre-booked resort or hotel upon arrival before commencing their holiday quarantine free.

Fiji Airways will adjust its planned schedules accordingly if certain states or destinations remain closed for international travel on December 1, 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 DQ-FAB (msn 64307) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 944495.

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Fiji Airways returns two short term lease Airbus A330-200s

Fiji Airways is returning its two leased Airbus A330-200 aircraft, Island of Beqa (DQ-FJO) and Island of Vatulele (DQ-FJP), a few months ahead of its end of lease. The two aircraft joined Fiji Airways fleet in May and July 2018 as part of a short-term lease from the lessor.

Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO said: “The two aircraft were added to the fleet in 2018 to boost the capacity in the short-term, allowing for increase in frequency and launch of new routes like Tokyo (Narita). The aircraft were invaluable to helping Fiji Airways recover schedules following disruptions caused by the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.”

The two returning A330-200s have been in the Fiji Airways’ parking program since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic-driven grounding of the wider fleet.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we worked hard with the lessors of these aircraft to allow for an early return by a few months. This was only possible because these two A330s were short-term and nearing end of lease. Still, we’ll take every little win in our efforts to reduce fixed costs as we tide through this pandemic.”

Fiji Airways jet fleet now consists of two Airbus A350-900, three Airbus A330-200, one Airbus A330-300, five Boeing 737 MAX, and two Boeing 737NG aircraft.

Fiji Airways to resume Boeing 737 MAX flights to New Zealand

"Island of Ovalau"

New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX. The recertification will help Fiji Airways which wants to resume flights to New Zealand using the MAX.

Fiji Airways earlier this month issued this statement concerning the Boeing 737 MAX:

The deal for the five Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was announced on November 23,  2016 by Fiji Airways, Boeing and GECAS (the lessor). The acquisition process was explained in detail at the time, together with details about the groundbreaking acquisition deal; that it was a 12-year Sale and Leaseback Agreement with GECAS, for aircraft to be specifically built for Fiji Airways. The lessor is effectively renting the aircraft to Fiji Airways.

The first two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft arrived in December 2018 and January 2019. The remainder (three) were all due to be delivered by mid-2019.

The Boeing 737 MAX fleet was grounded globally in March 2019, following the tragic incidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia. As such, all deliveries of the MAX aircraft were deferred. Production, however, continued. Almost eighteen months was spent by Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to resolve the issues which led to the fleet’s grounding. The summary of all the changes required by the FAA is available here.

In late 2020, the grounding was lifted, first by the FAA for the United States, then by other regulators around the world.

The Civil Aviation Authorities of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji followed with their lifting of the MAX suspensions in late March, after extensive technical safety assessments of this aircraft.

On April 1, 2021, Fiji Airways announced accepting the return to service requirements for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft stipulated by CAAF, paving the way for these aircraft to arrive in Fiji.

Fiji Airways staff, including engineers, pilots and other experts, along with Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) have been in Seattle Washington, Boeing’s Aircraft Delivery Centre, since the beginning of April for the handover and acceptance process for the aircraft which arrived last week. In other words, they left well before this current outbreak and the process was already underway when the current unfortunate outbreak occurred.

I would like to reiterate that Fiji Airways is contractually obligated to take these aircraft. I have previously explained in statements and press conferences, with the last one on August 22, 2020 that aircraft contractual obligations are absolute. Penalties for breaking these contracts are much more severe than accepting and utilizing the aircraft to earn revenue. Most airlines around the world are doing the same.

What Fiji Airways has been able to do, as also explained on August 27, 2020, is re-negotiate and drive down monthly recurring fixed costs by approximately 50%.

The MAX aircraft are the core of Fiji Airways fleet. Since 2018, Fiji Airways has been disposing of its 20-year old Boeing 737 aircraft to be replaced by the MAX aircraft.

As soon as tourism and travel returns, these aircraft will be integral for our economic recovery. Fiji Airways is ready in every way for borders to re-open as soon as it is safe, and lead Fiji’s economic recovery.

Top Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 DQ-FAH (msn 64311) BFI (Nick Dean). Image: 953479.

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Fiji Airways suspends 95% of its international flights

Fiji Airways has made this announcement:

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has announced that it will suspend all international flights until the end of May, with the exception of twice-weekly services between Singapore and Nadi.

The move follows the unprecedented nature and scale of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing travel demands to plummet due to health concerns and state restrictions.

The almost complete shutdown of all international flights is necessary to respect the various border control restrictions now in place, including from its Nadi hub.

Fiji Airways will operate a daily Nadi-Sydney service until Sunday, March 22, and suspend the service after that. Nadi-Los Angeles return services will operate daily until Sunday, March 22, and will be suspended after the last Los Angeles-Nadi flight returns to Fiji on March 24.

Fiji Airways will operate the last return Auckland-Nadi service on Sunday, March 22. The final South Pacific return services between Nadi or Suva and Nuku’alofa, Honiara and Funafuti will operate on Saturday, March 21.  The final Nadi – Honolulu flight will operate on Sunday, March 22 with the return on Monday.

Return services between Nadi and Brisbane, Melbourne, Christchurch, Wellington, Hong Kong, Tokyo (Narita), Apia, Tarawa, Christmas Island (Kiritimati), Vava’u, San Francisco are suspended immediately.

Return services between Suva and Sydney, Auckland and Port Vila, along with services between Apia-Honolulu and Christmas Island (Kiritimati)-Honolulu are also suspended with immediate effect.

The suspensions are in place until the end of May, and may be extended further if travel restrictions remain in place. Working with foreign embassies and Governments, Fiji Airways will mount one-off recovery flights on an ad-hoc basis during the suspension period as necessary to allow citizens/residents to return home or to their point of origin. Recovery services to/from Tokyo (Narita) and Hong Kong are planned for March 27 and March 29 respectively.

The affected flights are being cancelled now. Fiji Link’s domestic services will continue as scheduled for now, and may be reduced depending on demand.

Apart from the above Narita and Hong Kong recovery services, the airline will be running some supplementary recovery flights to Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles for any remaining passengers wanting to get back to their countries, as well as bring back home any Fijian nationals still in those cities.

These supplementary flight schedules are:

From/To Flight number Departure Date Departure Time
Nadi-Sydney FJ1917 Saturday 21st March 10am
  FJ1917 Sunday 22nd March 10am
Sydney-Nadi FJ1916 Saturday 21st March 2:50pm
  FJ1916 Sunday 22nd March 2:50pm
Nadi-Auckland FJ1415 Sunday 22nd March 9:30am
Auckland-Nadi FJ1414 Sunday 22nd March 2:40pm
Nadi-Los Angeles FJ1813 Monday 23rd March 7:00am
Los Angeles-Nadi FJ1812 Monday 23rd March 2:25pm

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Fiji Airways takes delivery of its first of two Airbus A350-900s

Fiji Airways has become the first airline from the South Pacific region to take delivery of the A350-900 XWB, the world’s most modern all-new wide-body aircraft.

The A350-900, which was delivered following a ceremony in Toulouse, is the first of two A350-900 XWBs that will join Fiji Airways’ fleet. Both aircraft are being leased from Dubai-based DAE Capital. The aircraft are the first to be directly purchased by DAE Capital from Airbus.

Delivering new levels of fuel efficiency, Fiji Airways will operate the A350 XWB on its Nadi-Los Angeles and Nadi-Sydney routes.

Configured in a two-class layout with 334 seats including 33 full flat business and 301 economy class seats, 39 of which are designated as BULA SPACE seats with extra legroom, passengers will enjoy new levels of space and comfort as well as Thales in-flight high-definition entertainment systems.

Fiji Airways currently operates a fleet of six A330 Family and will benefit from the common type rating with the A350 XWB which allows pilots and crews to operate on both aircraft types.

At the end of October 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 913 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Fiji's first Airbus A350-900

Above Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A350-941 F-WZFR (DQ-FAI) (msn 299) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948049.

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Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Fiji Airways

"COP23 Fiji - UN Climate Change Conference Bonn 2017" markings

Finnair and Fiji Airways have agreed on a new codeshare partnership between Helsinki (HEL) and Nadi (NAN) in Fiji via three gateways served by Finnair.

Finnair’s AY code will be added to Fiji Airways’ flights between Hong Kong (HKG), Singapore (SIN), Narita (NRT) and Nadi, offering an exotic new destination for Finnair customers in the South Pacific. Finnair’s flight numbers will later be added to Fiji’s flights between San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and Nadi, subject to applicable government approvals. With this addition, it will now be possible for Finnair customers to complete an around-the-world trip with Finnair flight numbers.

Fiji Airways’ FJ code will also be added to Finnair’s flights to Helsinki via Singapore, opening access for Fiji Airways’ customers to Finland and points beyond in Europe.

Top Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-343 DQ-FJW (msn 1692) (COP23 Fiji) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940139.

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Fiji Airways to add two Airbus A350-900s for its routes to the U.S. and Australia

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has revealed in a joint announcement with majority shareholder, the Fijian Government, that it will acquire two new Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft as part of its widebody aircraft expansion plans.

The two aircraft will be delivered in November and December 2019.

The new additions to the airline’s widebody fleet will be used to primarily to service popular routes between the US and Australia, with exact schedules to be confirmed closer to launch. The announcement comes as Fiji Airways continues to put into practice its unrelenting commitment to passenger satisfaction and sustainability.

The Airbus A350 will feature 33 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond, fully lie-flat Business Class beds, with each offering direct aisle access. While Economy Class will feature 301 Recaro CL3710 seats, which are ranked among the most comfortable long-haul economy class seats on the market.

The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle aircraft and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience. Not only will the aircraft provide the ultimate in luxury air travel to Fiji, it’s also perfect for passengers taking long-haul connecting flights to other destinations. Boasting the latest generation AVANT inflight entertainment system from THALES and Wi-Fi connectivity, guests will be able to enjoy movies, tv and music on-demand, all whilst remaining connected in the air.

The two new A350 XWB aircraft will complement Fiji Airways’ existing widebody fleet of six Airbus A330s, with delivery set for November and December this year.

There are 257 Airbus A350s in the skies around the world today, flown by 24 operators. These include Fiji Airways’ partner oneworld airlines: Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways. Other A350 operators include Hong Kong Airlines, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

The A350 order book for this aircraft type stands at 890 orders from 50 customers.

Image: Airbus.