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The Singh’s Family Affair With Fiji Airways

As Fiji Airways’ new A350 – 900 XWB touched down at Nadi International Airport on Monday night, a family’s association with the national carrier overflowed with surging pride. In the
19 Dec 2019 13:54
The Singh’s Family Affair With Fiji Airways
Fiji Airways Captain Satpreet Singh with the Attorney-General, Minister for Economy and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Fiji Airways Hangar, Naisoso, Nadi. Photo: Charles Chambers

As Fiji Airways’ new A350 – 900 XWB touched down at Nadi International Airport on Monday night, a family’s association with the national carrier overflowed with surging pride.

In the midst of the crowd gathered to herald the arrival of the new addition to the national fleet, a mother and son watched with pride as the aircraft taxied to the Fiji Airways hangar.

About the family

Sharmila Singh, a Fiji Airways cabin crew member, was waiting with her son Prashant Preet Singh, for her husband, Captain Satpreet Singh, a pilot who brought the aircraft all the way from Toulouse, France.

Both Mr Singh’s sons are pilots with Fiji Airways too.

Prashant 23, said he had goosebumps watching the arrival of the A350.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Fiji Airways Captain Satpreet Singh, wife Sharmila Singh, son Prashant Preet Singh (standing at back) at the Fiji Airways Hangar, Naisoso, Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Fiji Airways Captain Satpreet Singh, wife Sharmila Singh, son Prashant Preet Singh (standing at back) at the Fiji Airways Hangar, Naisoso, Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

“To see him bring a new plane, actually one of the most modern aircraft in the aviation world, into the country is a very big moment for our family,” he said.

He later revealed his younger brother, Satbikrant, -was in Los Angeles onboard an A330 aircraft and had met their father there during the A350’s stop over.

“My brother and I just loved planes. Growing up with dad, it was mainly talk about aircraft.

“Whenever he would come home after a flight, Satbikrant and I would ask him all types of questions about the flight and he would impart his knowledge with us.

“We had video games on aircraft at home as kids. Growing up, we would just play for long periods when we were free.

“So we virtually grew up loving what our father did. Our minds were made up right from a young age. We were not going to do anything else but become pilots,” Prashant said.

His father was a professional when at work but at home he was just like all other loving dads, he said.

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