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Inaugural Nadi-San Francisco Flight Takes Off

Fiji Airways inaugural San Francisco flight departed Nadi International Airport last night at 10.15pm. The flight FJ870 had on board 253 passengers and 11 crew members departing 90 per cent
17 Jun 2016 10:30
Inaugural Nadi-San  Francisco Flight Takes Off
Managing director/chief executive officer of Fiji Airways, Andre Vlojen (middle), with some of the cabin crew and Premium Service Team members at Nadi International Airport last night before the inaugural flight to San Francisco. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways inaugural San Francisco flight departed Nadi International Airport last night at 10.15pm.

The flight FJ870 had on board 253 passengers and 11 crew members departing 90 per cent full.

Fiji Airways managing director/chief executive, Andre Viljoen, said this was yet another exciting moment for the national airline.

He said not only was the flight 90 per cent full going into San Francisco, but also 90 per cent full coming back from San Francisco which showed the demand for the flight.

The seasonal San Francisco flight makes it the third US service with the already existing flights into Los Angeles and Honolulu.

“As we continue to expand the network and grow the airline, the new route further extends our reach into North America,” Mr Viljoen said.

“San Francisco also allows onward connections to most US and Canadian cities.”

Airports Fiji Limited executive chairman, Faiz Khan, said this was a grand occasion not only for AFL or for Fiji Airways but it was an opening for whole of Fiji.

“We are opening ourselves to the world and this will augur well for Fiji,” Mr Khan said.

He said the new connections and destinations went well with the ongoing development and modernisation of the Nadi International Airport.

He added it was important the first impression left a mark.

 

Spectacular reception

Just like the inaugural Nadi-Singapore direct flight, Fiji Airways planned for a special onboard experience for all passengers.

It started at the boarding gates where the airline had created a mini-version of the Golden Gate Bridge which is one of the biggest attractions and must-visit places in San Francisco.

 

About the Nadi-San Francisco flights

Direct connecting flights to San Francisco operate on Thursday and Sundays from Nadi

The seasonal service to and from San Francisco will be available June to August, and December and January.

The flights do not affect the eight weekly flights into Los Angeles (LAX). Edited by Rachna Lal

Feedback: arishmad@fijisun.com.fj

 

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