Airlines & Airports
|September 15, 2014|
Fiji Airways Group Welcomes New ATR 42-600 For Fiji Link
|The Fiji Airways Group has welcomed its new ATR 42-600 aircraft for its subsidiary, Fiji Link, at the airline's Head Office in Nadi.|
The new aircraft, which made the long journey to its new home from Toulouse, France, is in line with the National Airline's Five-Year-Masterplan, to increase its fleet size by 25% and expand relevant Fiji Link capacity by 12.3% in the domestic market.
Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Group Managing Director and CEO states, "As we announced in January, we have set ourselves the goal to become a leading boutique airline with prudent and sustainable capacity increases across our network. Bringing in new aircraft, such as this new ATR 42, will help us in our capacity requirements in the domestic and regional markets as well as provide our passengers the friendly Fiji Link hospitality in the comfort of a new plane."
Leased from Denmark-based Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the aircraft will service Fiji Link's domestic routes between Nadi, Suva, and Labasa, along with some regional flights on behalf of Fiji Airways.
Fiji Link and Fiji Airways staff received the aircraft with a traditional welcome and cere ceremony.
"There's always a great deal of excitement among our staff whenever a new member joins our aircraft fleet. Over the past two years, we have received five aircraft between Fiji Airways and Fiji Link, but the excitement hasn't died down. Our team knows that the new aircraft mean we as a company are growing and progressing," says Pichler.
Shaenaz Voss, Fiji Link General Manager, comments, "Our customers from Labasa will actually get to experience this aircraft quite frequently due to its flying schedule. We hope to get even better reliability from the new aircraft. This newest series of the ATR 42 seats 40 passengers and is among the latest in regional aircraft operations. A lot of hard work from Fiji Link, Fiji Airways, and our regulators, CAAF, has enabled this acquisition, and I'm grateful to everyone for their assistance."
Fiji Airways will shortly announce further enhancements for domestic and regional travel, including new ground uniforms. The airline's two existing ATR 42-500s will exit the fleet later in the year as a second ATR 72-600 joins the fleet in late December.
Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises Fiji Airways, which is the National Airline of Fiji, and Fiji Link, its domestic and regional subsidiary. Fiji Airways aims to be a leading global boutique airline and has a fleet of brand new wide-body A330s and refreshed B737 aircraft. Fiji Link has a fleet of ATR 72, ATR 42 and DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. From its hub at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link fly to 15 cities in 10 countries. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in over 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1,000 employees, earns revenues of over $380m (USD), and directly contributes a significant portion of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013.