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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.

 

Fiji Airways leases a Boeing 737-800 from Miami Air

Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103751.

Fiji Airways has made this announcement:

Fiji Airways has leased a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Miami Air to cover some of its schedules due to the temporary grounding of its two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The chartered Miami Air aircraft will operate some flights on behalf of Fiji Airways between Nadi and Auckland, Apia, Christchurch and Brisbane (subject to regulatory approval).

The aircraft has 166 Economy Class seats in a single cabin configuration. The leased aircraft will operate with its own cabin crew and pilots, with a Fiji Airways Purser or Senior Flight Attendant onboard to oversee the cabin experience.

Fiji Airways made the decision to lease an aircraft for the upcoming peak period to limit any disruptions to guests’ travel plans. While the airline recognises that the onboard experience and facilities will differ from its usual offering, it will do everything possible to ensure that guests continue to enjoy a comfortable experience. Fiji Airways will contact Business Class guests booked on flights which will now be operated by the leased aircraft to provide travel options.

Miami Air is a charter company based out of Miami in the United States, and have leased aircraft to airlines like British Airways, Air France, and TUI, among others.

Top Copyright Photo: Miami Air International Boeing 737-81Q WL N732MA (msn 30618) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103751.

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Fiji Airways and Japan Airlines announce codeshare agreement

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and Japan Airlines have announced a codeshare arrangement that makes travel between Japan and Fiji much more convenient for travelers. Both airlines are members of the oneworld® alliance family, with Japan Airlines being a fully-fledged member while Fiji Airways is a member of the oneworld connect program.

The codeshare arrangement, now open for sale, will allow Japan Airlines to offer up to three weekly flights between Nadi (NAN) and Tokyo Narita (NRT), with two direct services and options via our other Asian gateways Singapore (SIN), and Hong Kong (HKG), utilizing the `JL` designator code on flights operated by Fiji Airways. (*)

Once regulatory approvals are obtained, tickets will be progressively made available for sale through various booking channels.

(*) Subject to regulatory approvals