Letters To The Editor, 12th November, 2015

Fiji Airways progression Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi Any employment opportunity in our country should be for Fijians first, but of course it must be for the best qualified personal on merit.
12 Nov 2015 09:21
Letters To The Editor, 12th November, 2015

Fiji Airways progression
Tukai Lagonilakeba,
Any employment opportunity in our country should be for Fijians first, but of course it must be for the best qualified personal on merit. Localisation is the best way forward; one can also call that ‘Buy Fijian Made’ product first.
The announcement by Fiji Airways chief executive officer, Andre Viljoen, on our national airlines progression succession plan is a move in the right direction and positive.
But why has it taken three changes in the CEO post for one to recognise that something is amiss and implement a succession plan for our local trained Fijian pilots.
Vinaka, Mr Viljoen for your recognition and faith in our pilots. They are world class pilots and you have given them a sense of belonging. In doing so, you have guaranteed the future of Fiji Airways, and I do hope you can go a step further and entice those many highly qualified Fijian pilots flying offshore to lure them back home.
Please grant them the same perks, pay and conditions as the expat pilots to stop our Fijian pilot drain.
Our Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, is doing a great job inviting those who have left our shores after the 1987 and 2000 coups respectively to return to their motherland. It makes sense; a great idea.
Our CEO and the Fiji Airways Board must be commended for their visionary commercial business acumen. It is an excellent effective, smart and is a strategic futuristic long term decision.
In doing so, Mr Viljoen has opened up a window of hope. Mark my word, there is bound to be a boom in those locally registered Fijian flying schools where many of our young Fijian high school graduates can now see a future for themselves as pilots.
Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali and just remember one thing, it doesn’t take a superhero to stand up for what’s right, Lord Rama has shown the way, it’s up to you now if you want to walk on it or turn a backside to it!

Sevens fares
Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada
A big vinaka vakalevu to our national airline Fiji Airways for its continuous support and service to Fijians including the upcoming 2015/16 HSBC Sevens World Series.
They have announced a special return fare to Sydney for Fiji fans wishing to be in Sydney on February 6-7 to support our Vodafone Fiji 7s team in the Australia leg of the series.
While we all welcome the offer of $869 return, its cut off date of 22/11/15 is too early for most Fijians as most will still be thinking of applying or have applied for an Australian Visitors Visa and still waiting for its result.
The special return fare to Wellington is $819 and its cut off date is also 22/11/15, and similar to the above, the travel must be taken from February 1 to June 30, 2016.
The Wellington Sevens is scheduled from January 29 to 30, 2016, making this special offer useless for Fiji 7s supporters wishing to be in Wellington to support the boys.
I am hoping that Fiji Airways will come up with more special fares for both Wellington and Sydney, considering the laid back and last minute mentality of Fijians.
The 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series is very important for Fijians and all stakeholders need to work together in supporting our Vodafone Fiji 7s team throughout this series, if we really want to win our first ever gold medal in the history of the Olympic Games.
Go Fiji go!

Super Rugby
Tomasi Boginiso,
With Fiji hosting its first Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and Crusaders, we should have a marketing strategy in place to help promote Fiji in New Zealand.
Our national airline, hotels and resorts in Suva, Pacific Harbour and the Coral Coast should now be providing attractive packages in terms of airfares, airport transfer, accommodation, transfers from accommodation to event venue, ground tickets and a Fijian souvenir, all at a reasonable price.
The Kiwis are known to travel anywhere in the world to watch their rugby teams play.
Our capital city should start preparations by putting up banners of the two teams in every street corner and pin up posters of our iconic Fijian players who will be coming over.
The key strategy is to convince the organisers that we can host such world class events and stand prepared to host more.
While in Christchurch a few years back to witness the same two teams play, I was surprised to find the entire hotel staff where I was camped, wearing the colours of the Chiefs team. I also realised then that the Chiefs team was staying at the same hotel.
Whichever hotel accommodates either team should count themselves very fortunate.

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