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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 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 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 retire its single Boeing 737-700

737-700 DQ-FJI to be retired on October 31, 2019 (Sydney - Nadi)

Fiji Airways is refreshing its narrow-body fleet with new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s.

Fiji Airways operates a single Boeing 737-700.

Currently the airline is planning to operate its last Boeing 737-700 revenue flight with the pictured DQ-FJF on October 31, 2019. According to Airline Route, the planned last route will be from Sydney to the Nadi base.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-7X2 WL DQ-FJF (msn 28878) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 913224.

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Boeing delivers Fiji Airways’ first 737 MAX airplane

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

Boeing has delivered the first 737-8 MAX 8 for Fiji Airways, which plans to use the fuel-efficient, longer-range version of the popular 737 jet to expand and modernize its single-aisle fleet.

Above Photo: Fiji Airways. Continuing a rich tradition, this is how our Fijian community in Seattle proudly accepted our new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at the official key handover and will be farewelling it tonight when it departs Seattle headed for its new home!

Fiji Airways plans to take delivery of five MAX 8 airplanes, which will build on the success of its fleet of Next-Generations 737s. The MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs.

Compared to the previous 737 model, the MAX 8 can fly 600 nautical miles farther, while providing 14 percent better fuel efficiency. The MAX 8 can seat up to 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration and fly 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 kilometers).

Based at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways serves 13 countries and 31 destinations/cities including Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands (Oceania), the United States, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. It also has an extended network of 108 international destinations through its codeshare partners.

In addition to modernizing its fleet, Fiji Airways will use Boeing Global Services to enhance its operations. These services include Airplane Health Management, which generates real-time, predictive service alerts, and Software Distribution Tools, which empowers airlines to securely manage digital ground-based data and efficiently manage software parts.

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 launches nonstop Nadi – Tokyo Narita flights

Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJV (msn 1465) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942223.

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline on July 3, 2018 launched its direct flight to Japan with a celebration at Nadi International Airport. The flights will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Nadi to Narita International Airport.

With the launch of the services, Fiji Airways became the 100th airline to serve Narita Airport.

At Nadi International Airport departure gate, an inaugural ceremony was held in celebration of the launch of the new direct route, where passengers were given a taste of Japan with a sushi and green tea station. Onboard each passenger received commemorative gifts and a special inaugural flight dining experience.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the three times-weekly flights make Fiji and the South Pacific more accessible to Japanese tourists than ever before.

“We are excited to share with Japan the untouched beauty of our 333 islands. Fiji’s unparalleled hospitality and warmth offers Japanese tourists a unique, culturally immersive experience – much more than just another beach getaway. Our flights have been designed to ensure guests get the most of their time in Fiji. The flight from Narita arrives into Nadi in the morning, with convenient domestic connections on our subsidiary Fiji Link to major tourism spots like Savusavu and Taveuni. Additionally, guests can also easily do boat transfers after arrival to the many wonderful resorts in the beautiful Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups,” Mr. Viljoen said.

“Additionally, this direct flight also provides a great opportunity for Fijians to be able to travel to Japan with the ease and comfort of their National Airline to witness two major sporting events that’s of great interest to many Fijians; the Rugby World Cup in 2019, and the Summer Olympics in 2020.” Mr. Viljoen added.

Fiji Airways Nadi to Narita flights will operate with the code FJ351 with a flight time of nine hours and five minutes. The Narita to Nadi flight will operate with code FJ350 and a flight time of eight hours and 40 minutes.

Flight Frequency Departs Arrives Start Date
FJ351 Tue, Fri, Sun  

Nadi 1:25pm

 

Narita 7:30pm

 

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

FJ350 Tue, Fri, Sun Narita 9:25pm Nadi 9:05am Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

The new route is flown with Airbus A330 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJV (msn 1465) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942223.

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Introducing oneworld connect – a new way for airlines to link to the world’s premier alliance – Fiji Airways to be first oneworld connect partner

Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJV (msn 1465) (COP23 Fiji - UN Climate Change Conference) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942224.

Oneworld® has launched a new platform for linking up to the world’s premier airline alliance – enabling customers to enjoy more services and benefits across an even more extensive global network.

The first airline to join in the new capacity as a oneworld connect partner will be Fiji Airways.

A date will be announced in due course for when Fiji Airways will start offering oneworld connect services and benefits (see below).

oneworld connect is the first new membership platform unveiled by oneworld since the alliance was originally announced 20 years ago.

Introducing oneworld connect – a new way for airlines to link to the world’s premier alliance (PRNewsfoto/Fiji Airways)

oneworld is in discussion with other carriers interested in participating in the program, from various parts of the world including the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Each oneworld connect partner will need to have a minimum of three oneworld members as its sponsors to be initiated into the program.  The initial oneworld sponsors of Fiji Airways will be all four of oneworld’s original founding members – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas.  The Australian carrier will additionally mentor Fiji Airways through its oneworld connect implementation process.

American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas already code-share and have frequent flyer links with Fiji Airways.  British Airways and Fiji Airways are currently discussing areas for potential bilateral cooperation.

What oneworld connect means for customers

oneworld connect partners will provide select alliance benefits to frequent flyers from any oneworld member airline travelling on their flights, with a more extensive range of benefits offered with their oneworld sponsors.

Customers with Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status in any oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer program will be able to use priority check-in desks, where available.  Also, customers with Emerald or Sapphire status will be offered priority boarding.

The additional benefits offered by oneworld connect partners to customers from their oneworld sponsors and vice versa include:

  • Through check-in of passengers and their baggage for journeys including connections between a connect carrier and any of its oneworld sponsors.
  • The ability to earn and redeem frequent flyer rewards, and earn frequent flyer status points, for eligible flights.  (For customers from oneworld connectairlines, these benefits depend on the oneworld connect partner offering a frequent flyer programme.)
  • Access to select lounges at key airports for First or Business Class passengers or those with eligible top-tier frequent flyer status.

Select other customer benefits may also be offered between oneworld connectpartners and their oneworld sponsor airlines.

All oneworld connect partners will make their networks available via Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld members and select other airlines.   Fiji Airways already does so.

All oneworld connect partners will be required to maintain IATA IOSA safety certification.

oneworld’s regular range of services and benefits remain in place for customers flying with the alliance’s full member airlines and their affiliates.

CEOs explain oneworld connect’s strategic rationale

oneworld Governing Board Chairman Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair, said: “In the 20 years since oneworld’s conception in 1998, global airline alliances have expanded their breadth to the extent that they now account for 60 per cent of total industry revenues and capacity globally, and 70 per cent of revenues between the world’s top 125 business city airports.

“With most of the world’s biggest airlines already signed up, global airline alliances have reached maturity, In the future, oneworld will target as full members large airlines that have a significant presence in the alliance’s prime target market, providing connections between the world’s leading business centres.  Meantime, oneworld connect enables us to bring together more airlines to complement the alliance’s global leaders, so customers can earn rewards and feel recognised while travelling even further.”

oneworld CEO Rob Gurney added: “oneworld’s current network of more than 1,000 destinations in 150 plus territories offers far-reaching global coverage, but there are still some regions where we would like to strengthen our presence further.  With fewer potential new candidates available to recruit based on our established membership criteria, oneworld connect enables us to link up with other airlines whose networks are relevant to a subset of our members, who cannot meet oneworld’s full membership requirements at this stage or who are not interested in full membership at present.

“This enables us and them to offer our customers more services and benefits across an even wider network and strengthen our relationship going forward, with a streamlined and rapid path to full membership later on where it makes sense for all parties.”

Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen stated: “Fiji Airways is thrilled and honoured to be the first oneworld connect partner globally.  We are delighted to link Fiji, and the South Pacific to  the world’s premier airline alliance and further deepen our relationships in particular with Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.  This important step for our airline enables us to offer more services and benefits to our own customers along with the others in the oneworld family, to achieve a greater presence for our airline internationally and to build on the in-bound tourism that is so vital to our home nation and our region.”

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “As a oneworld founding member, it is great to see the alliance evolve to bring additional benefits to more customers and expand its joint network. We’ve worked closely with Fiji Airways for many years and are pleased to serve as its mentor as it comes on board as the first oneworld connectpartner.”

American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker added: “As another oneworld founding member, American Airlines is excited to be playing our part in this latest key development for what has become the world’s premier airline alliance, now making access to the South Pacific more attractive than ever.”

British Airways Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz stated: “British Airways looks forward to developing links with Fiji Airways as a oneworld connect partner and sponsor, for the benefit of both our airlines, our customers and the wider oneworld community.”

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg concluded: “Cathay Pacific was proud to play our part in founding oneworld 20 years ago and establishing it as the leading quality alliance – and we are proud today to be playing our part again in getting this exciting new membership platform oneworld connect off the ground, as a sponsor of our long-term code-share partner Fiji Airways.”

Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJV (msn 1465) (COP23 Fiji – UN Climate Change Conference) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942224.

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Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to codeshare with Fiji Airways

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1989

Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Fiji Airways have announced the signing of a codeshare agreement that will provide more convenient connections for customers travelling to Fiji from 10 destinations in Asia and Europe through the Singapore hub.

Under the agreement, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers can access Fiji Airways’ nonstop flights between Singapore and Nadi, including the airline’s third weekly seasonal service that was launched on April 4, 2018. Customers can also travel on codeshare flights between Nadi and three domestic destinations, including the Fijian capital Suva, Labasa, and Savusavu.

In turn, Fiji Airways customers will be able to access Singapore Airlines and SilkAir-operated flights to destinations in, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

The codeshare flights are subject to regulatory approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA WL 9V-MGN (msn 44230) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 929664.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-8X2 WL DQ-FJH (msn 29969) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 926459.

Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-8X2 WL DQ-FJH (msn 29969) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 926459.

Fiji Airways Group announces a record profit for 2017

Fiji Airways Group has announced its highest ever profit before tax of F$95.8 million for the fiscal year that ended December 31, 2017, a 13.4% increase over the previous financial year. The Group (legally known as Air Pacific Limited) comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline; its subsidiaries Fiji Link & Pacific Call Comm. Ltd; plus a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island. The announcement was made at the airline’s Head Office in Nadi by the Fijian Attorney General and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation, the Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Results Highlights :

· Group revenue was F$929 million compared to F$825.3 million for the previous year ended 31st December 2016 (up by 12.5%)

· Group profit before tax was F$95.8 million compared to F$84.5 million for the previous year ended 31st December 2016

· The Group carried 1.6 million passengers compared to 1.4 million for the previous year ended 31st December 2016 (up by 14.3%)

· Profit-share for non-management staff and minimum bonus for management increased by 10% compared to the previous year.

Based on the PwC audited financial statements for 2017, the Group has announced the following profit-share and management-bonus arrangements:

· Eligible non-management staff of Fiji Airways and Fiji Link will each receive a profit-share payout of F$4,400*

· Eligible Fiji Airways and Fiji Link managers will each receive a management bonus of no less than $9,900*

This is in addition to quarterly bonuses of up to $1,200 per year that non-management staff of Fiji Airways and Fiji Link already stand to earn for achieving key objectives.

In 2017, 86% of the airline’s 1,384 staff completed Phase 1 of the UP! Your Service culture-building programme designed by world renowned service expert Ron Kaufman. This resulted in Fiji Airways reducing customer complaints by 66% while increasing compliments by 22% compared to the previous year; as Fiji Link increased compliments by 74%. 183 staff were recognised for ‘Stepping UP’ for customers or colleagues and were awarded Bronze Stars, while four staff were awarded the coveted Silver Star.

The airline achieved a number of other major milestones in 2017. These include:

· Concluding a landmark, highly beneficial deal for the acquisition of five brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to replace the aging Boeing 737 NG aircraft. The first and second B737 MAX 8 aircraft will be delivered in November and December 2018 respectively

· Opening of the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, a world class Business Class Lounge at Nadi International Airport, which has been extremely popular with guests (having a 2018 Net Promoter Score of 86)

· Launching twice-weekly services to Adelaide, Australia, and increasing seasonal frequencies to Singapore and San Francisco (now an year-round service)

· Announcing, and commencing sale of, direct flights between Nadi and Tokyo-Narita beginning July 3 2018.

· Launching the revolutionary Resort Check-In product, allowing guests to check in for their flights from the Sofitel Resort and Spa on Denarau Island.

· Upgrading the Premier and Priority Check-in counters at Nadi International Airport, and progressively rolling out Kiosk Check-In at various airports

· Signing a number of codeshare agreements to increase the total number of destinations on the network to 106 by the end of 2017. New codeshare agreements were signed with Jet Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Solomon Airlines while codeshare agreements with Qantas and Cathay Pacific were extended

· Completing the Hay Job Grading and Remuneration System as a Job Evaluation Exercise, resulting in 460 staff (65 % of those eligible for review) getting pay increases based on market rates

· Finalising the selection of two CAE Full Flight Simulators (for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Airbus A330 aircraft) for the Fiji Aviation Academy, and starting construction on the Academy site at Namaka, Nadi

· Embarking on an evaluation campaign to select a wide-body jet aircraft type to augment and/or replace existing Airbus A330 fleet

· Finalising a deal with Viking Air Ltd for three brand new DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft and completing entry into service for all aircraft within eight months

· Launching the Bula Bid “Upgrade Now” system allowing customers to bid online for a Business Class upgrade, and prior seat selection

· Having Inflight Magazine ‘FijiTime’ being recognised by World Travel Awards as Australasia’s Leading Inflight Magazine and celebrating the recognition of Fiji Airways by APEX as a 4-Star Major Regional Airline

· Introducing a dedicated Premier Service Team to look after VIP Customers and Tabua Club Members travelling in Business Class

· Contributing to numerous environmental and conservation initiatives, including planting over 5,000 trees as part of the ‘Every Takeoff…One Tree’ initiative, and supporting Fiji’s Presidency of the COP 23 Forum.

· Announcing the largest corporate sponsorship in the history of Fijian sport with a major naming rights sponsorship of all Fiji Rugby representative teams.

 

* Subject to tax and superannuation deductions as required

Top Photo: Fiji Airways.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-86J WL DQ-FJM (msn 37754) NAN (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934635.

Named "Mamanuca Islands"