December 2, 2022

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    Fiji Airways
    IATA/ICAO Code:
    FJ/FJI
    Airline Sort:
    Full Service Service
    Hub(s):
    Nadi Airport
    Yr Based:
    1947
    Alliance:
    oneworld
    CEO:
    Andre Viljoen
    Nation:
    Fiji

Fiji Airways has operated a one-off flight to Vancouver to advertise its newest route, which is able to launch in November. Flight FJ880 departed Fiji at 7.26 pm native time on Tuesday, and after crossing the Worldwide Date Line, arrived in Vancouver at 11.15 am native time the identical day.

Upon arrival, a celebration was held at Vancouver Worldwide Airport to welcome Fiji Airways and the flight’s particular friends, together with Fiji Airways’ CEO, Andre Viljoen, and Tourism Fiji’s CEO, Brent Hill.

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Commenting on the promotional flight, Viljoen mentioned,

“It’s a giant market and we should make each effort attainable to offer our airline publicity, and to seize worldwide vacationers from Canada who is probably not conscious that they’ll hop on the trendy A330 plane and actually get up in paradise.”

Fiji Airways obtained a heat welcome in Vancouver on Tuesday. Photograph: Vancouver Worldwide Airport

Twice-weekly flights to Vancouver from November

From November twenty fifth, the airline will function twice-weekly direct flights from Nadi (NAN) to Vancouver (YVR). Fiji Airways already operates three different routes to North America, with each day flights to Los Angeles (LAX), three-weekly flights to San Francisco (SFO), and weekly flights to Honolulu (HNL).

The particular flight was operated by one of many airline’s two Airbus A350-900s. The plane, registration DQ-FAJ, was delivered to Fiji Airways in December 2019, and seats 334 passengers in a two-class configuration – 33 in enterprise class, 301 in financial system class. 39 of the financial system class seats are additional legroom seats, providing an elevated seat pitch of 34 inches.

Fiji Airways’ Airbus A350-900, DQ-FAJ, pictured right here on arrival in Vancouver on Tuesday. Photograph: Vancouver Worldwide Airport

The plane isn’t any stranger to crossing the Pacific Ocean – in response to knowledge from FlightRadar24.com, over the previous week alone it has flown to Los Angeles and again 3 times.

Whereas Tuesday’s one-off flight was operated by the Airbus A350-900, when common companies start in November, the twice-weekly flights can be operated by the Airbus A330-200. Fiji Airways has three such plane in its fleet, every seating a complete of 273 passengers in a two-class configuration – 24 in enterprise class and 249 in financial system class.

Flight FJ880 arrive in Vancouver on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Fiji Airways

Vancouver – a logical addition to Fiji Airways’ route community

When the brand new path to Vancouver was introduced in July, the airline’s CEO Andre Viljoen, mentioned,

“This can be a very thrilling improvement as we proceed to discover methods to maximise returns not only for Fiji Airways however for the tourism trade and the Fijian financial system. Canada represents a brand new market with immense potential for tourism, commerce, and naturally, re-connecting Fijian households.”

With a big Fijian diaspora in Canada, estimated to be round 80,000, and a rising tourism market, commencing flights to Vancouver was a logical transfer for Fiji Airways. The flights are additionally timed to supply connections to and from Australia and New Zealand.

From its hub at Nadi Worldwide Airport, Fiji Airways operates a fleet of 13 plane, together with the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 737 MAX 8. The airline flies to a big variety of locations throughout the South Pacific, and because of its new path to Vancouver, is continuous to develop its presence in North America.

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