Air Fiji

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Not to be confused with Fiji Airways.
Air Fiji
Air Fiji Logo.jpg
IATA
PC
ICAO
FAJ
Callsign
FIJIAIR
Founded 1967 (as Air Pacific)
Commenced operations 10 July 1967
Ceased operations 1 May 2009
Operating bases Nadi International Airport
Nausori International Airport
Fleet size 5
Destinations 16
Headquarters Nausori, Fiji
Key people Sialeni Vuetaki (CEO)

Air Fiji was an airline based in Nausori, Fiji.[1] It operated inter-island services to destinations within the Fijian Islands. Its main base was Nausori International Airport, Suva, with a base at Nadi International Airport.[2]

Before being headquartered in Nausori, Air Fiji was headquartered in Suva.[3]

History[edit]

The airline was established in 1967 and started operations on 10 July 1967 as Air Pacific. On 29 March 1971, Air Pacific was renamed Fiji Air and again renamed to Air Fiji in February 1995. It was owned by Aviation Investments (55%), government of Fiji (11%) and other shareholders (34%).

It had 229 employees (at March 2007).[2] Air Fiji suspended operations for two weeks in 2008.[4] Air Fiji ceased operations on 1 May 2009 due to financial issues.[5]

Destinations[edit]

Air Fiji operated the following services (at June 2008):

Fleet[edit]

The Air Fiji fleet included the following aircraft (at December 2008):

Air Fiji Fleet
Aircraft Total
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander 1
Embraer EMB 110P2 Bandeirante 2
Harbin Y-12 2
Total 5


Six aircraft from now-defunct carrier Air Fiji are up for sale. The Fiji Development Bank has called for tenders for the aircraft and assorted aircraft parts. The six aircraft are an: Embraer Bandeirante, registration DQ-AFO; Britten Norman Islander BN2, registration DQ-FIC; Embraer Bandeirante, registration DQ-AFQ; Embraer Bandeirante P1, registration DQ-TLC; Embraer Bandeirante, registration DQ-YES; and Britten Norman Trilander BN2, registration DQ-TRI. Only one of the six aircraft is in running condition and four are without engines, says an official from the bank. Tenders will close 4 December, he adds. Air Fiji closed in April after running into financial troubles.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two regional airlines seal deal." Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association. 4 October 2005. Retrieved on 3 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b Flight International 27 March 2007
  3. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. 16–22 March 2004. "63."
  4. ^ 2008, Grounded Air Fiji Resumes Flights, Fiji Daily Post
  5. ^ Defunct Airlines of 2009
  6. ^ From AirGuide website - Aircraft Finance News - Nov. 26, 2009