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Nation’s airline takes off

How fitting it was. Yesterday’s memorable Fiji Day celebrations in Suva were capped by the spectacular launch of the Fiji Airways look. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Dave Pflieger and his
11 Oct 2012 08:52

How fitting it was.
Yesterday’s memorable Fiji Day celebrations in Suva were capped by the spectacular launch of the Fiji Airways look.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Dave Pflieger and his team deserve all the plaudits now coming their way.
This is as they restore Air Pacific as a business and rebrand it to the much more fitting name of Fiji Airways.
Last night’s event in Suva was another milestone in that take-off.
Mr Pflieger stressed last night’s link to Fiji Day.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to honour Fiji’s national day holiday than to share a first glimpse of the exciting things in store for Fiji and our passengers,” he said.
What’s coming up?
For starters the new name.
The rebranding from Air Pacific to Fiji Airways will make the nation’s airline a flying ambassador for Fiji.
It will also finally put an end to a well- intentioned but ill-fated effort launched three decades ago.
This was for the then Fiji Airways to become Air Pacific and be an airline flying for and helping other countries around the region.
A good idea perhaps except so many of the other countries really wanted their own airlines instead of supporting Air Pacific as the region’s airline.
So now it is back to what it should be, our airline with our name and a brand that is much more recognisable.
But there’s much more.
This is also the introduction of what will be the classiest planes to fly the Pacific skies.
The new Airbus A330-200s which begin arriving in March will lift our nation’s airline to the highest levels.
As Mr Pflieger also said last night:
“Air Pacific is on a transformational journey to become a best-in-class airline, and we are pleased to have best-in-class partners – Airbus, Rolls Royce, Singapore Airlines, Panasonic and Zodiac Aerospace/Weber – to join us.
“Service and comfort are top priorities, and these state-of-the-art aircraft promise the best of both worlds.”
As those in the airline are proud to say: The unveiling of Fiji Airways new livery and plane interiors are part of Air Pacific’s revilatisation and modernisation.
Those who were at last night’s event in Suva saw just how impressive this was.




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