Airlines & Airports
|April 16, 2014|
Fiji Airways And Etihad Airways Sign Groundbreaking Interline Agreement
|Fiji Airways and Etihad Airways, the national airline of Fiji and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, announced today a new and far reaching interline agreement between the two carriers. |
This agreement will allow reciprocal sales from and to 12 cities in Europe, 17 cities in the Middle East, five cities in Africa, five cities in North America, 29 cities in Asia and three cities in Australia to and from Fiji. The agreement is effective immediately and is the starting point of further negotiations between the two airlines.
James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, states, "Fiji is a great holiday market, and we are happy to offer Fiji as an additional destination in our global network. The agreement also connects the outer South Pacific Islands to our network which creates more opportunities for our worldwide sales force."
Stefan Pichler, managing director and CEO of Fiji Airways, comments, "We are proud to be part of the global Etihad Airways network, and this partnership will help us put Fiji on the map in countries where we initially had no presence. Etihad Airways will help us expand our customer database and diversify our country's tourism streams. It is definitely a major step for Fiji Airways."
The Fijian Attorney General and Minister for Tourism, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has hailed the agreement as an exciting new development for Fiji Airways and the entire Fijian economy. "This opens up a whole new lucrative market for our tourism industry, enabling us to attract affluent visitors from Abu Dhabi – Etihad's base – the other Gulf States, the rest of the Middle East and beyond," says Sayed-Khaiyum.
The Minister adds that the Fijian Government hopes this agreement will strengthen both Fiji's national airline and the national economy for the long-term benefit of every Fijian.
Etihad Airways joins Fiji Airways' impressive list of codeshare or interline partners, which includes American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Air New Zealand.
Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways is the national airline of Fiji. It aims to become the airline of choice of the South Pacific, and the purchase and introduction of three new re-branded ‘Fiji Airways' Airbus A330-200s to replace its fleet of Boeing B747-400s and B767s will be the capstone of the airline's success and turnaround from record losses just 3 years ago. From its hub at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways and its subsidiary Pacific Sun fly to 15 cities in 10 countries. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. Fiji Airways aircraft bring in over 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, and the two companies together employ over 900 employees, earn revenues of over F$675 million ($380m USD), and directly contribute a significant portion of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013.
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried 11.5 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base Etihad Airways flies to 103 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 95 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 220 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is seeking regulatory approval to invest in Swiss-based regional carrier Darwin Airline.