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Fiji Airlines announces expansion plans

Fiji Airlines announces expansion plans
22 Jan 2014

Fiji's flag carrier has announced a five-year strategic plan that will see it expand its network, with an expected 35 per cent rise in seat capacity and higher passenger numbers than ever before.

Fiji Airways hopes to expand its operations through a number of different means, including embarking on new airline partnerships and increasing the size of its fleet of aircrafts, both of which will lead to boosted seat capacity.

According to Stefan Pichler, managing director and chief executive of Fiji Airways, this is the first time that the airline has taken such a strategic approach for the medium and long term. The approach was developed with input from customers, staff and other stakeholders.

"This is our plan , we believe in it and we will make it happen," he said. "THis is what we want to deliver by building and performing under a highly inspirational global brand - Fiji Airways."

The fleet expansion plans will see it expand its number of aircraft by 25 per cent, with the acquisition of four new aircraft - one A330-200, two B737-800s and an ATR72-600. A second ATR72-600 will also be purchased or leased in order to replace an existing ATR42-500. 

It is hoped that these changes will have been made by 2017 and result in a 35 per cent increase in the number of available seats over the next five years, alongside a 39 per cent rise in passenger numbers. 

By region, the capacity growth will look like so: 144 per cent growth to Asia, 86.6 per cent to Pacific Islands, 58.9 per cent to New Zealand and 28.4 per cent to Australia.

While Fiji may not be people's first choice of holiday destination, the Pacific island has some great attractions to go with its sunny disposition. Some of the top things to see include: 
- Navua River, which offers great rafting opportunities and spectacular views
- the Sigota Sand Dunes, a unique and protected natural heritage site
- Fiji's volcanic Mamanuca Islands, which offer beach paradise. One island was used to film 'Cast Away' with Tom Hanks.ADNFCR-408-ID-801684869-ADNFCR

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