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Fiji Link’s Fourth Viking 400 Twin Otter Arrives

Fiji Link’s Fourth Viking 400 Twin Otter Arrives
First Officer Zaid Hissin, Captain George Claude Ralph Barrett, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen, Executive GM Corporate Affairs and Fiji Link Shenaz Voss and Fiji Link general manager Athil Narayan at the Fiji Airways hangar last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 16
12:51 2018

Fiji Link welcomed the delivery of their fourth Viking 400 Twin Otter last night.

Fiji Airways managing director and chief executive officer Andre Viljoen confirmed that their engineering team will begin painting the aircraft and installing the seats and internal furnishing immediately.

The aircraft is expected to enter commercial service on August 24.

Mr Viljoen said: “This is all part of our complete fleet renewal that we have undertaken for Fiji Link and this was a journey that we started more than a year ago.

“Today Fiji Link with its ATRs and its four Twin Otters it is almost a complete new fleet and it one of the youngest fleets in the world and quite a tribute for the domestic airline to have that type of the equipment.”

He added this is part of Fiji Airways overall boost to helps bring down the average age of the fleet.

“It’s again a testament of how a small airline is punching above its weight.

“We only have 18 aircraft but we compete against other airlines that have 100s of air craft and we’ve shown how we’ve stand our ground and actually run a very capable and excellent airline.”

Recently at the Skytrax Awards, Fiji Airways received the award of the third best most improved airline in the world and that’s quiet an accolade.

“This type of action of modernising our fleet that helped us achieve this great attribute.

“We chose the Viking 400 because it suits the many of the destinations we fly to. It is a robust aircraft and has all the latest avionics and certainly will do the job we require from it.

“It allows to land on shorter airstrips, grass runaways, and will give our passengers a lot more frequencies and especially to markets like Savusavu and Taveuni where in the past we struggled with our old Twin Otters.

“This is very welcome addition to our team.”

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