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Inter Island Airways prepares to take aircraft delivery

By RACHNA LAL With a planned launch in July, Inter Island Airways (Fiji) Limited is now preparing to take delivery of its aircraft from Germany. Inter Island Airways (Fiji) chief
11 Apr 2013 11:33

Inter Island Airways’ 18-seater Dornier 228-212 currently being used in the Samoas from a base at Pago Pago International Airport. Inter Island Airway (Fiji) Limited is proposing to bring in four of these from Germany to operate services between Fiji’s main islands. Photo: AIRLINERS.NET

By RACHNA LAL

With a planned launch in July, Inter Island Airways (Fiji) Limited is now preparing to take delivery of its aircraft from Germany.
Inter Island Airways (Fiji) chief executive president, Barney Sene, confirmed this to Sun Business.
The Las Vegas-based Aviana Airways-managed airline is expected to be based out of Nausori International Airport.
It is linked with Inter Island Airways, which already operates in the Samoas.
Mr Sene said the July launch however is pending all final approvals.
“We are progressing to our plans.  Some areas have encountered delays, however, we are working to mitigate these,” he said.
Inter Island Airways (Fiji) needs approvals from the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji before its planes can fly here.
To this, Mr Sene said they are still working through their Air Operating Certificate (AOC) approval with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji.
Also work in progress is agreements.
Mr Sene said development of travel agreements with resorts, hotels and travel agencies are also underway.
“We are also reviewing our infrastructure being created and built to support the airline,” he said.

Hangar and counter space
Meanwhile, Airports Fiji Limited chief executive, Naushad Ali, said they are currently in discussion with the Inter Island Airways as far as hangar and counter space is concerned.
“We are working together to provide Inter Island Airways all the facilities to enable them to start their services when they are ready to do so,” he said.

Local employment
Although no actual numbers has been revealed, Mr Sene said their focus was to recruit local Fijian staff.
“We have started recruiting key staff members,” he said.
“Our human resources person was recruited late last year so we can begin to structure our organisation properly.
“We have also designated our director of flight operations, chief financial officer, director of airline operations, director of maintenance, chief pilot, flight operations manager, and other key personnel working to bring the airline up and operational.”
Mr Sene said they will also be recruiting local Fijian pilots.

Focus for airline
Inter Island Airways (Fiji) plans to initially launch the airline with four Dornier 228-212 (18-seater) aircraft and complement it with one 328-100 (30-seater) aircraft.
“The fleet will gradually increase as we increase flights and capacity,” Mr Sene said.
He said their focus has been on reliability and frequency.
“Furthermore, with the type of fast aircraft we plan to deploy, this will provide an upscale to domestic travel,” he said.
“We also plan to maintain our low-cost efficient model as an airline.”

Approved routes
Mr Sene said they have been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority Licensing Board to operate scheduled flights from Suva and Nadi to a number of destinations around the country.
He said more information would follow over the next 30 or so days.




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