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Fiji Airways Booking For The Next Six Months Looks Good: Viljoen

“People buy the tickets in advance and we then bank the cash, that becomes an amount we owe the people until one day when they fly, that becomes our revenue.”
19 Sep 2022 14:00
Fiji Airways Booking For The Next Six Months Looks Good: Viljoen
From left: Sharon Jang, Radhna Chand, Fiji Airways managing director/ CEO Andre Viljoen, Shachin Chand and Arishma Kumar during the master class competition on September 17. 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways booking for the month of November and the early months of 2023 looks very good.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Andre Viljoen said this during the Gratitude week celebration at the American International Christian School, Nadi back road on Saturday.

“The bookings for November are good, but January and February are even better so that’s typically the season when the people in Vancouver travel for holiday, as January and February is their cold season,” he said.

 

Australia And New Zealand Bookings

Mr Viljoen said so far they were only flying about 65 per cent of their original 2019 network or schedule. In terms of booking, Australia is about 27 per cent and New Zealand is about 18 per cent more compared to the same period in 2019.

“This is bookings from today going forward for six months. We are doing extra flights on Australia and New Zealand so that brought us close to 80 percent offline, but the network is only 60 to 65 per cent open.”

 

“People buy the tickets in advance and we then bank the cash, that becomes an amount we owe the people until one day when they fly, that becomes our revenue.”

Mr Viljoen said last month the airline recorded $140 million worth of advanced payment of tickets.

“The next six months looks very good.”

 

Nadi – Vancouver

“Vancouver has been in the national airline’s schedule for a long time,” Mr Viljoen said.

“We look at all the possibilities and now we have the capacity to fly and Vancouver.”

“Vancouver is a very good market for us and that’s the sole reason we’re going there because of the business opportunity it presents us.”

 

Cabin Crew Recruitment

The national airline currently has a total of 350 cabin crews.

“We do it all the time, we add crew every month as we ramp up so whether it’s operating at 60-70 percent. We still need more crew and we are recruiting every month until we have the 100 per cent capacity,” he said.

 

Gratitude Week

The national airline hosted their annual Gratitude with various events including quiz etc and ended with the family fun day where football, volleyball, master chefs and other events were hosted with free foods and drinks for all.

The gratitude week is when staff members get together to reflect on what they are grateful for especially after the two-year disruption by the global pandemic.

It is also an opportunity for the airline to acknowledge its staff members.

 

“It’s the right thing for us to stand back and turn around to our colleagues and to the outside providers like the airport’s companies and ATS and say thank you,” he said.

“Today is about thanking the families because behind every good person in our company is an amazing family. We wanted to celebrate with them today.

You look around the fun, everyone’s having and the appreciation that we show.”

 

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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