Showing posts with label Fiji Airways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fiji Airways. Show all posts

16 June, 2022

Fiji Airways Appoints Edwin Nand as New Manager of Corporate Communications

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has appointed Mr Edwin Nand as the new Manager of Corporate Communications.

Mr Nand will take up the role on 27th June, 2022.  “After going all-out in support of Fiji’s re-opening, Fiji Airways is now leading Fiji’s economic recovery from the skies. We plan to continue communicating the success of our ramp-up in services to the industry, the public, and our partners and passengers. On the corporate side, we’re focused on continually investing in and developing our people –– with a specific focus on hiring local and achieving gender equity from the cockpit to the cabin, to the runway,” said Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways. “Edwin is a natural communicator with more than two decades of experience in the media space. After relying on him most evenings for the nightly news, we’re proud to bring him into the Fiji Airways family to lead our corporate communications strategy.”

Mr. Nand says he is looking forward to joining the National Airline. “I’ve always been inspired to see the masi trim on planes at our airports and in major destinations worldwide. Like most Fijians, I see Fiji Airways as more than a company: it is our national carrier. I'm grateful to help steward the Fiji Airways world-renowned brand of service and could not be prouder to join the FJ family.”

Between 2001 and 2022, Mr Nand has worked in various broadcast media positions including Deputy News Manager at Fijian Broadcasting Corporation where he is also the main anchor for the 7pm prime time News.

He has also had experience during the 2018 General Election where he worked as Stakeholder Awareness Coordinator before being promoted to Acting Director of Communications.

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16 May, 2022

Fiji Airways set to welcome back Adelaide to its schedule.....

G'day Adelaide.....

Fiji’s National Airline will restart its twice-weekly services from Nadi to Adelaide for the first time in three years on the 4th of July this year!  

This route reintroduction marks the fourth Australian leg for Fiji Airways, coming after Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Currently, the popular carrier operates two flights daily to Sydney and one flight daily to Melbourne and Brisbane.  So many Australians choose to fly to Fiji for their vacations that since the borders reopened on 1st December, the carrier has sought to diversify the Australian market.

Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways said:  "We’re delighted to re-launch our fourth Australian route, which will allow us once again to bring our unique Fijian hospitality to South Australia, as well as offer local residents the opportunity to use Fiji as a gateway to other international destinations,” said  “The increase in our aircraft fleet allows us to cater to the demand out of Adelaide”.

The vast majority of tourists to Fiji arrive from Australian airports so the resumption of this service will be good news for leisure travellers as well as the sizable Fijian community living in South Australia. The service will also greatly enhance the business opportunities for the local hospitality industry.   

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Brenton Cox, welcomed the announcement and congratulated Fiji Airways for its prompt return to Adelaide after such a challenging period for the aviation sector.  “We know there is significant pent-up demand for South Australians wanting to head overseas again, and Fiji Airways has recognised the strength of our market. Fiji has always been a hugely popular destination with South Australian travellers and it’s great to see the reintroduction of routes as the COVID recovery continues,” Mr Cox said.

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03 June, 2020

Fiji Airways extends grounding of International flights until end of July and secures

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, has announced the cancellation of all international scheduled flights through to the end of July. The cancellations are due to prolonged border closures and travel restrictions as a consequence of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The airline had announced the cancellation of June international services earlier this month. A limited number of domestic Fiji Link services will continue to operate.

Mr Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said: “Given that there is still next to no demand for international air travel in the region, regrettably, we have been forced to cancel our July schedules, with further reductions expected in August 2020. Most of our international fleet remains in storage, except for aircraft utilised for freighter services. These services are keeping vital supply lines open between Fiji and its key trading partners. Border restrictions will need to ease in order for travel demand to return and international services to resume.”  

Fiji Airways is contacting impacted guests who are booked to travel in July. Guests booked through travel agents and third parties will be contacted by those parties.

23 March, 2020

Fiji Airways halts 95% of international flights

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has confirmed 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.  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. 

Fiji Link’s domestic services will continue as scheduled for now, and may be reduced depending on demand. 

18 November, 2019

Fiji Airways takes delivery of its first of two A350 XWBs

Fiji Airways has become the first airline from the South Pacific region to take delivery of the A350 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 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. This will further boost the airline’s position as a leading carrier from the South Pacific region, as well as to contributing to the ongoing growth of Fiji’s tourism sector and the wider economy.

12 October, 2019

Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Fiji Airways, extending its network in the South Pacific

Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Fiji Airways, extending its network in the South Pacific

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.  

The new codeshare flights can now be booked on, for travel starting from October 27, 2019 onwards.  

13 September, 2019

First Fiji Airways A350 XWB rolls out of paint shop

First Fiji Airways A350 XWB rolls out of paint shop

Fiji Airways’ first A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse featuring the airline’s signature livery. The aircraft, an A350-900 leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprises, will be the first of its type to be operated by an airline in the South-Pacific region.

The aircraft will now proceed to the final phase of the assembly process, with the installation of engines followed by ground and flight tests, before delivery to Fiji Airways in Q4.

The aircraft will be configured with 33 full lie-flat Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The aircraft will be deployed to enhance existing long-haul services from Fiji to Australia and the U.S., and to provide the opportunity to open additional routes.

25 June, 2019

Fiji Airways gets 4 star rating from Skytrax

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline has been awarded the coveted Skytrax 4-Star rating at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, joining a select group of elite airlines in this prestigious category.

At the same Skytrax World Airline Awards in Paris, Fiji Airways also leapfrogged from 4th to 1st place to take up “Best Airline Staff in Australia Pacific”, signaling the airline’s continued commitment to world class service and customer experience. Fiji Airways beat out Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia in this category to claim the top award.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are one of the most sought after quality accolades for airlines. Skytrax benchmarks traveller opinion and carries out quality evaluations around a number of key categories and principles for airlines around the world. Skytrax Ratings are recognised as a global benchmark for airlines. A 4-Star Rating is a mark of distinction that recognises excellent standards, showcasing an airline’s unwavering commitment to provide high quality product and service values both onboard and on the ground. Fiji Airways joins airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, Etihad, Air New Zealand and Qantas as a 4-Star airline.

02 March, 2019

Fiji Airways and Japan Airlines sign codeshare deal

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and Japan Airlines today 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 programme.


The codeshare arrangement, now open for sale, will allow Japan Airlines to offer almost daily 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.

06 December, 2018

Fiji Airways starts flying as a oneworld connect partner

Fiji Airways started flying as a oneworld connect partner earlier this week, as the first airline globally to link up to the world’s premier alliance via this new membership platform.

Fiji Airways is now starting to display the new oneworld connect branding on its aircraft fuselages by the main passenger doors, on signage at airports and on other many other items of stationery and marketing collateral.

The first Fiji Airways aircraft to feature the oneworld connect logo is its initial Boeing 737 MAX 8, which has just touched down at its Nadi hub after its delivery flight from the manufacturer’s Seattle base.  Four more of these state-of-the-art twinjets will follow in the year ahead as a replacement for older 737s flying on the airline’s short and medium-haul network to destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and neighbouring Pacific Islands.  Fiji Airways is the first airline in the region to operate this modern aircraft type.

02 December, 2018

Fiji Airways becomes the first airline in the Pacific Islands to fly the more fuel-efficient 737

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

"We are thrilled to take delivery of our very first 737 MAX 8, named Island of Kadavu," said Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways. "The introduction of the 737 MAX is the beginning of a new chapter for Fiji Airways and we look forward to taking advantage of the aeroplane's superior performance and economics. These new aeroplanes will enable us to offer a world-class customer experience through the new Boeing Sky Interior cabins with in-seat entertainment for all guests."

Boeing Delivers Fiji Airways' First 737 MAX

07 July, 2018

Fiji Airways becomes the 100th airline to to serve Tokyo's Narita Airport with new direct flight

Fiji Airways has launched direct flights to Japan with a service from Nadi International Airport to Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

With the launch of the services on 3rd July, 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’s National Airline 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,” 

06 June, 2018

Fiji Airways and British Airways announce new partnership

British Airways and Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, have today announced a new partnership which will open up more routes between London and the South Pacific than ever before.

With its idyllic beaches, world-famous dive sites and lush green forests, Fiji and its extremely popular island destinations are more accessible than ever before as customers in the UK will be able to travel from gateways in the U.S. and Asia to destinations that have previously been more difficult to access from the UK.

From today, British Airways will start selling flights between Singapore, Los Angeles and San Francisco and the Fijian gateway of Nadi direct on

For the customer the partnership means an easy one-stop-shop booking experience and allows them to earn Avios loyalty points on both airlines. Customers can earn Avios points on the Fiji Airways sectors as well as British Airways services, and as always, can choose to cut the cost of flights by using Avios in part payment.

01 June, 2018

New app from Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, has launched its mobile travel application enabling guests to comprehensively manage their flight journey on the go with ease through their mobile devices.

The app, which is available for free download on Apple and Android, is part of the airline's ongoing initiative to enhance customer experience. 

The Fiji Airways Travel App was developed with the modern traveller's needs in mind. Its easy-to-navigate interface provides a wide range of flight management features that allow the guest to organize their journey from the palm of their hand. 

27 March, 2018

Record pre-tax profit for Fiji Airways

The airline from the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji Airways, announced this week, that it achieved its highest ever pre-tax profit during 2017.   The sunny airline amassed an F$95.8 million profit for the fiscal year that ended December 31, 2017, a 13.4% increase over the previous financial year, prior to taxation.

The figure is the cumulative amount from the entire Fiji Airlines Group which includes 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 by the Fijian Attorney General and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation, the Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum from the carriers head office in Nadi.  

Read on for reactions to the record profits and highlights on how the company did over last year.

02 March, 2018

Fiji Airways and Alaska Airlines Expand Partnership with Codeshare Agreement

Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, and Alaska Airlines have expanded their current partnership by signing a codeshare agreement on flights from San Francisco to two popular US cities. The codeshare agreement enables Fiji Airways to place its "FJ" code on Alaska Airlines' flights from SFO to Seattle (SEA) and Portland (PDX), offering Fiji Airways guests seamless connections to these cities via San Francisco, and vice-versa for Alaska Airlines' guests. The codeshare flights will be available for sale from March 5th, 2018.

Both airlines have an existing frequent flyer partnership, where members of Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan program earn and redeem miles for travel on "FJ" flight numbers.

21 December, 2017

Fiji Airways Unveils Flagship Lounge at Nadi International Airport

Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, revealed their brand new state-of-the-art business class lounge at Nadi International Airport. Following 12 months of design and development, the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge is a first-of-its-kind for the region complete with a number of special features including chef-inspired menus, baristas, luxury spa, nanny service and the exclusive 'Fiji Bean Cart'.

The 200-seat lounge offers a world-class lounge experience along with a dedicated family area, a Quiet Zone and a Media Room which doubles as a private meeting space. It is one of the first lounges in the Australasian region to have a designated children's room called Lailai Land, which comes complete with a fully qualified Fijian Nanny – an offering Fiji resorts are famous for. With a nanny on offer to look after the kids, parents can relax in the lounge with the glass-panelled children's playroom visible from the family area.

For food and refreshments, the lounge includes a full-service kitchen and a buffet offering local and international cuisine, plus a dining area, barista and bar.

The barista will offer guests freshly made coffee in the morning, and the exclusive Fiji Airways' Signature Cocktails will be available in the evening. The self-service bar, with a selection of award-winning wines, local and international beers and soft drinks, is available throughout the day.

Fiji Airways is also offering a unique Fijian twist on the trend of food trucks with the Fiji Bean Cart situated in the lounge. Fiji Bean Carts are an iconic part of Fijian life, selling savoury and sweet snacks at markets and bus terminals in every town in the country. The Fiji Bean Cart at the lounge will give guests the chance to sample an array of local delicacies.  

07 December, 2017

Direct flights between Fiji and Japan for Fiji Airways - Bula Japan

Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, today announced the launch of direct flights between Nadi and Tokyo Narita three-times a week, subject to regulatory approvals.

Starting 3 July 2018, the new, nine-hour flights will operate from Nadi International Airport to Narita International Airport. Each week, flights will be scheduled for Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, offering over 80,000 seats per year between Fiji and Japan aboard Fiji Airways' state-of-the-art planes, the Airbus A330-200/-300.

To celebrate the new flights, the airline will offer special celebratory launch fares from Nadi to Tokyo, starting from F$999 (includes taxes & surcharges) from 06th – 12th December 2017.

Narita Schedules
Effective July 3rd, 2018
Time (local)
Day of Week
FJ 351
01:25 p.m.
07:30 p.m.
Airbus A330-
FJ 350
09:25 p.m.
09:05 a.m.
+1 days
Airbus A330-

*Schedule times are local. ** Subject to regulatory approval.  

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," Mr Viljoen added.

24 August, 2017

More Twin Otters For Fiji Airways

The delightfully friendly Fiji Airways has agreed to purchase three Viking Twin Otter Series 400s for use by its sister company Fiji Link to operate on domestic routes throughout the many islands of this picturesque island nation. 

The new 400 versions of the Viking Twin Otters are scheduled to be delivered between October this year and February of next. The new arrivals are the standard land plane variety with a 19 seat configuration and are powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turbine engines and Honeywell Primus Apex fully integrated digital IFR avionics suite.