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Fiji Airways Staff Farewell Pichler

The staff and board members of Fiji Airways yesterday gathered at the airline’s hangar in Nasoso, Nadi, to farewell the outgoing managing director/chief executive, Stefan Pichler. Mr Pichler’s farewell was
24 Feb 2015 10:43
Fiji Airways Staff Farewell Pichler
Fiji Airways outgoing MD/CEO Stefan Pichler at his farewell with Fiji Airways staff members at the Fiji Airways Hangar, Nasoso, Nadi yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO

The staff and board members of Fiji Airways yesterday gathered at the airline’s hangar in Nasoso, Nadi, to farewell the outgoing managing director/chief executive, Stefan Pichler.

Mr Pichler’s farewell was conducted with a traditional ceremony known as the “Yagona Vakaturaga”.

Mr Pichler thanked all his staff for treating him like a family member during his stay as the head of the airline.

“I have been sharing your jokes, the smiles, your emotions, your tears, personal stories. We, you made it possible,” he said.

“The board is very proud to witness last year’s results that we recorded $60.8 million profit before tax for Fiji Airways Group.”

Mr Pichler attributed this achievement to all the staff of Fiji Airways for their hard work in 2014.

“This is two and half times more than the best results ever received by Fiji Airways and you made it possible,” he told staff members.

“This is only a number, but at the back of these numbers are people. These are your numbers, all your efforts and all the extra miles that everybody worked.

“You can be so proud in this place which is in the middle of the ocean to have one of the very best airlines in the world.”

 

A challenge

Mr Pichler said soon there will be new flights that will be bought in and new flight destinations to be pinned.

“We have new destinations coming in Wellington and one or two Asian destinations so a lot more jobs,” he said.

“I am convinced that you will live up to the challenge because I have experienced working with all of you and I am very grateful.”

Mr Pichler hopes in the near future Fiji Airways Group becomes 100 per cent Fijian-owned as it will be a dream come true for him.

Mr Pichler joined Air Berlin as chief executive. But Attorney-General an Minister responsible for the airline, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said he will also continue to act as Fiji Airways CEO until a replacement is in place.

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