The 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 and 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.
Group revenue was F$929 million compared to F$825.3 million for the previous year ended December 31, 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 December 31, 2016
The Group carried 1.6 million passengers compared to 1.4 million for the previous year ended December 31, 2016 (up by 14.3%)
Profit-share for non-management staff and minimum bonus for management increased by 10% compared to the previous year.
Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, said: “To achieve a fourth year of successive record profits is a massive achievement by the entire team of the Fiji Airways Group. I couldn’t be more proud of the way the team surpassed all key metrics for revenue, passenger and network growth, efficiently navigating through a challenging operating period in which cost control was crucial. 2017 saw the achievement of numerous milestones for the Group. The team increased the size of the fleet, launched a new route, increased frequencies on key long-haul routes and opened a world class lounge at our home airport – Nadi.”
Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-86J WL DQ-FJM (msn 37754) NAN (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934634.
Fiji Link is acquiring three Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otters. The new type will replace two older DHC-6-300 Twin Otters.
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 three legacy Twin Otter aircraft based at Nadi International Airport. Fiji Airways has been operating Twin Otter aircraft for over ten years.
Fiji Link has taken delivery of the first DHC-6-400. The aircraft arrived in Fiji on October 30, 2017.
Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has announced plans to expand and upgrade Fiji Link’s Twin Otter fleet, allowing for increased frequencies to key domestic routes like Savusavu and Taveuni. The airline will purchase three brand new latest model DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otters from manufacturer Viking Air Ltd, to replace two of its existing three Series 300 aircraft (below). This will increase the Twin Otter fleet to four aircraft.
Above Copyright Photo: Fiji Link de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter DQ-PSE (msn 406) NAN (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934640.
Arriving in October 2017 and early 2018, the three new Twin Otter aircraft will have air-conditioned cabins for increased customer comfort. Their state of the art digital avionics systems and operating features will greatly enhance operational reliability and an easier transition for Fiji Link pilots to progress onto the ATR fleet. The impending fleet expansion has already initiated the recruitment and training of additional local pilots, resulting in more employment opportunities for Fijians.
The ever-versatile Twin Otter remains the aircraft of choice for Fiji Link’s domestic operations into smaller airports with short airstrips, and where airport and runway infrastructure is limited. It has the ability to land on most runway surfaces given its size, weight, and take-off and landing requirements. It has proven especially reliable in the Fijian domestic operating environment, with Fiji Link having over ten years of experience operating this aircraft type. Fiji Link also has the option to purchase a fourth brand new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft. A decision on exercising this option will be made in 2018.
Fiji Airways Inaugural Flight Lands at SFO (PRNewsFoto/Fiji Airways)
Fiji Airways’ new Airbus A330-200 aircraft landed at San Francisco (SFO) on June 16 and took off for the first time that night, marking the start of the airline’s new seasonal nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Fiji.
Fiji’s National Carrier will offer twice-weekly nonstop services from San Francisco to Nadi, Fiji until August 14th, 2016 and again during the holidays, in December 2016 and January 2017. The flights will operate from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Fiji (NAN) on Thursdays and Sundays.
Fiji Airways (Nadi) on December 29 brought to Fiji its newest fleet addition. Airbus A330-343 DQ-FJW (msn 1692) is the first A330-300 for the flag carrier.
The new A330-300, the largest in the fleet, has 289 seats in Economy and 24 in Business Class. The new plane features enhanced mood lighting, increased cargo space and a Quiet Zone in Economy Class. Other product features and configuration match the current 200-series fleet.
It will be deployed largely on the airline’s busy long haul routes of Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
Photo: Fiji Airways. 200 tefui’s were joined to make a giant garland for the new A330-300. According to the airline, “Rapturous applause and excitement greeted the aircraft as it touched down at Nadi International Airport and taxied up to the airline’s Hangar facilities. Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and other Government Ministers joined Fiji Airways staff to welcome the aircraft.
A traditional Rotuman ceremony of welcome was accorded to His Excellency the President, who stepped off the A330 as its first official guest. The aircraft has been christened ‘Island of Rotuma’, following Fiji Airways’ naming convention for its fleet after Fiji’s islands.”
Fiji Airways (Nadi), Fiji’s National Airline, has announced plans to commence seasonal twice-weekly nonstop services from Nadi to San Francisco starting in June 2016. The flights, operating in June, July, August, December 2016 and January 2017, will depart from Nadi International Airport to San Francisco International Airport on Thursdays and Sundays.
The flight will depart Nadi on Thursdays and Sundays at 9 pm (2100) (local time), arriving in San Francisco 12:30 pm (1230) (local time, the same day). The San Francisco-Nadi flight will depart at 11pm (2300) (local time) Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Nadi at 5 am (0500) (local time, +2 days). The new service will be operated on Fiji Airways’ A330 aircraft, the 10-hour flights offer both Economy and Business Class travel options. All Fiji Airways flights are full-service, and include checked baggage, in-flight entertainment, meals and beverages.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJU (msn 1416) approaches the runway in Sydney.