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Fiji Airways Flight Safety Video Promotes Eco-Tourism

"The production started before COVID-19 struck, so to be able to finally play it onboard our aircraft signals that we are very close to welcoming tourists back to Fiji."
22 Oct 2021 11:00
Fiji Airways Flight Safety Video Promotes Eco-Tourism
Fiji Airways' new in-flight safety video was shot in several locations across the country.

Fiji Airways has launched an eco-focused  In-Flight Safety Video showcasing footage of the country’s breath­ taking natural wonders to travel­lers, all while championing the local businesses and communi­ties helping to preserve it.

Shot across seven locations, the five-minute safety briefing is delivered amongst some of the many initiatives being undertak­en to preserve the airline’s beauti­ful yet fragile home.

These include mangrove reha­bilitation projects, solar powered resorts, turtle sanctuaries and coral nurseries, among others.

 

With more than 84 per cent of the adult population double vac­cinated, and a mandate for all em­ployed adults to be fully vaccinat­ed by November 1, Fiji is on track to be one the most COVID-safe travel destinations on the planet.

And with international com­mercial flights resuming from 1st December, Fiji Airways’ manag­ing director and chief executive officer, Andre Viljoen hopes the latest production will get travellers dreaming of a Fijian holiday.

“The unveiling of this produc­tion is more than just another safety video,” he said.

“It’s very symbolic of the jour­ney we have been on for the past 18 months and our return to the skies in an eco-sustainable man­ner.”

“The production started before COVID-19 struck, so to be able to finally play it onboard our aircraft signals that we are very close to welcoming tourists back to Fiji.”

 

Malamala Club Fiji

The video which opens up on Fi­ji’s iconic Malamala Beach Club includes a number of pilots and cabin crew in addition to profes­sional actors.

From under-water shots to high­ flying drone action, the produc­tion takes viewers on a  journey of discovery into Fiji’s vast and beautiful environment.

 

At each location a local resort, business or initiative is intro­duced by the cabin crew member and championed for its eco-sus­tainability efforts.

It also features footage onboard Fiji Airways’ luxurious A350 air­ craft – its most eco-sustainable aircraft to date.

 

Voice Over

Current Fiji Airways staff fea­ture heavily in the production, in­cluding First Officers (Pilots) Pet­rina Simpson and Vinay Makanji, as well as Lounge staff member Liku Gucake.

The voiceover used throughout is also that of senior manager res­ervations Anna Morris – adding to its authenticity.

It also features cameo appear­ances from Fiji’s world-renowned Fijiana womens and Fijian Mens rugby sevens teams, who are fresh from recent success in Tokyo.

 

Fijiana players Tokasa Seniya­sai, Reijeli Uluinayau and Vere­naisi Bari feature alongside their male counterparts Ratu Mele Der­enalagi, Alasio Naduva, and Livai Ikanikoda.

Plus, some familiar faces from the popular Crusaders Super Rug­by team – Manasa Mataele, Tom Christie and Inga Finau.

The production team spent months researching some of the incredible environmental intiatives taking place across Fiji’s 300-plus islands.

 

Featuring New Initiatives

While some locations narrowly missed the cut, the film directed by Edward Copestick was struc­tured in such a way to allow new initiatives to feature in future it­erations of the production.

“As an airline, we eco-sustaina­bility is a journey we are commit­ted to taking.”

“Fuel is a major contributor to an airline’s carbon emissions, and we use state-of-the-art soft­ware systems like SkyBreathe to monitor, track and optimise our use of fuel.”

 

“Over the years, aircraft technol­ogy has advanced, airframes have become lighter and pilots more aware of economical fuel burn.”

“All this contributes to lower fuel usage by modern aircraft.”

“Fiji Airways has two A350 XWB aircraft and five Boeing 737 MAX in its fleet, which are among the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world.”

 

Reduced Fuel Use

The reduction in fuel usage and carbon dioxide emission is a focus for our airline, and aligned with the leadership role that Fiji plays in bringing the world’s attention to the adverse impact of climate change on nations like ours.

“The work that some of our part­ners on the ground in Fiji have been doing with regards to eco-­sustainability and conservation is quite incredible.”

“We’re delighted to showcase these to a wider audience through our digital channels and inflight while reiterating our commit­ment to safety.”

“We are confident that others will take inspiration from some of these initiative.”

The new safety video will screen onboard all Fiji Airways interna­tional flights when commercial flying resumes on December 1, 2021.

 

Location Partners and Environ­mental Initiatives

  Mangrove Plantation at Shan­gri-La Fijian Resort & Spa
  Solar Powered Resort at Six Senses Fiji
–  Eco-Trax Fiji sustainable eco­activities
  Turtle Sanctuary at Nakelo Treasure Island Resort Fiji
  Coral Nurseries at Plantation Island Resort Fiji.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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