Fiji Link (subsidiary of Fiji Airways, formerly Pacific Sun) (Suva, Fiji) was officially launched with the delivery of the pictured 68-seat ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) DQ-FJZ (msn 1146) on May 31. The new type was due to arrive in Fiji today. This delivery also starts the rebranding of Pacific Sun as Fiji Link.
ATR issued this statement:
Fiji Link took delivery of its first brand new ATR 72-600 on operating lease from Singapore-based aircraft leasing company Avation PLC. The acquisition of the new ATR is as part of airline’s dynamic expansion plan to support network growth on its domestic and regional routes in the Pacific Islands, which it today operates on behalf of Fiji Airways.
The larger capacity, 68-seat ATR 72-600 of the new generation will allow the Fiji Airways Group to enhance connectivity over Fiji’s larger domestic ports Nadi, Suva and Labasa, while boosting frequency of flights to other Pacific island destinations.
The new aircraft will be based at Suva Airport where Fiji Link is about to start its first full program of flying to Fiji’ existing domestic and regional destinations while commencing flights on a new route Suva-Apia.
The ATR-600 series aircraft will provide Fiji Link with the vital reduced operating and maintenance costs optimizing and reinforcing to maximum its airline’s economics.
A second ATR 72-600 is due in November and December 2014 which will allow the airline to retire its two ATR 42-500s.
Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEK became DQ-FJZ on delivery.