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Fiji Airways Airbus Damaged While ATS Loading Cargo

An unforeseeable tarmac incident on Saturday night involving Air Terminal Services led to one of Fiji Airways’ Airbus A330 sustaining external damage substantial enough for the plane to be taken
19 May 2015 09:42
Fiji Airways Airbus Damaged While ATS Loading Cargo
The Fiji Airways A330 in the Fiji Airways hangar at the Nadi International Airport which reported damaged on Saturday night by Air Terminal Services staff members while loading cargo on a Los Angeles flight. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

An unforeseeable tarmac incident on Saturday night involving Air Terminal Services led to one of Fiji Airways’ Airbus A330 sustaining external damage substantial enough for the plane to be taken out of service.

The aircraft, which was preparing to depart for Los Angeles from Nadi was hit by ground handling equipment, operated by ground handling company, Air Terminal Services.

As a result, the aircraft will now undertake the required repair works before it is made available for service. ATS chief executive, Hare Mani, confirmed this incident and said investigations were currently underway.

Fiji Airways board director, Stefan Pichler, said they were obviously very disappointed with the incident.

“This incident will be extremely costly and we are working hard on two fronts,” he said.

“This is to ensure that the aircraft is fixed and returned to service as soon as possible and to manage our passengers affected by the resulting disruptions to our network.

“The incident was beyond our control and we share the frustrations of our customers and apologise to them.”

Flight disruptions

Fiji Airways has posted a notice on its website informing passengers to expect delays in some scheduled flights this week.

Its website notice said: “Customers are advised to take note of the disruption notice or call Fiji Airways Reservations for latest information on their flight schedule.”

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