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Shankar Is Airline’s Millionth Passenger

Christmas came early for Suva factory employee Mahendra Shankar when he discovered he was the one millionth international passengers for Fiji Airways in 2014. Mr Shankar was leaving on Fiji
21 Dec 2014 11:52
Shankar Is Airline’s Millionth Passenger
Mr and Mrs Mahendra Shankar with Fiji Airways Executive General Manager for Sales and Marketting Otto Gergye at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: VARANISESE NASILASILA

Christmas came early for Suva factory employee Mahendra Shankar when he discovered he was the one millionth international passengers for Fiji Airways in 2014.

Mr Shankar was leaving on Fiji Airways flight FJ911 from Nadi to Sydney with his family when he was caught by surprise by the Fiji Aiways team.

“I have never won anything. I fly with Fiji Airways once a year to travel to Sydney to see my daughters and granddaughters and spend Christmas & New Year’s with them,” Mr Shankar said.

Fiji Airways executive general manager Sales & Marketing Otto Gergye presented Mr Shanker with a commemorative plaque, a free flight anywhere on their network.

He also got one-year free membership to the airline’s Exclusive Membership Programme, the Tabua Club.

“I’ll use my free flight most likely next December again, that’s the only time I can take leave from work,” Mr Shankar said.

This is the first time ever our national carrier has recorded one million international passengers in a year.

 

Historic

Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive Stefan Pichler predicted earlier that it would surpass one million international passengers for the calendar year for the first time in its 63-year history.

“We’re delighted to hit the one millionth passenger mark for the first time ever for Fiji Airways’ international flights,” Mr Pichler said.

“It’s a great reflection of the hard work done by the team to increase passenger numbers and revenue and next year will be even better, as we will offer nearly 1.4 million seats on Fiji Airways.”

Feedback: varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

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