Nadi-based Fiji Link has acquired the aircraft on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC. Fiji Link will base its new ATR 72-600...

Fiji Link, the domestic and regional subsidiary of Fiji Airways, has taken delivery of its first new ATR 72-600.

Nadi-based Fiji Link has acquired the aircraft on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC. The acquisition of the new ATR 72-600 is part of airline’s expansion plan to support network growth on domestic and regional routes within Melanesia, which it operates on behalf of Fiji Airways.


Fiji Link, Fiji Airways' domestic and regional subsidiary, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 in early June 2014, on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC

Fiji Link, Fiji Airways’ domestic and regional subsidiary, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 in early June 2014, on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC

 

The 68-seat ATR 72-600 will allow the Fiji Airways Group to enhance connectivity over Fiji’s larger domestic airports at Nadi, Suva and Labasa, while boosting the frequency of services to other Pacific island destinations, according to ATR.

Fiji Link will base its new ATR 72-600 at Nausori International Airport (IATA code SUV) near Fiji’s capital Suva, which is on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island (as is Nadi, the second-largest city in Fiji, where the island nation’s main international airport is located).

The regional carrier is about to start its first full program of flying between Suva and Fiji’s existing domestic and regional destinations, and is also launching a new route between Suva and Apia, the capital of Samoa. The city of Apia and Faleolo International Airport (APW) which serves it are located on Upolu, Samoa’s second-largest island.

“These increases in frequency and capacity demonstrate our commitment to build a global, connected network,” says Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Group’s managing director and CEO. “This larger-capacity, modern ATR turboprop comes [at] the right moment in the airline’s new operational schedule.”

Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, rolled out its new ‘Fiji Airways’ identity on March 15, 2013 with the delivery of its first new Airbus A330-200. While the carrier was due officially to adopt the ‘Fiji Airways’ brand in June 2013, the aircraft featuring the new brand was scheduled to begin commercial services on April 2, 2013

Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, rolled out its new ‘Fiji Airways’ identity on March 15, 2013 with the delivery of its first new Airbus A330-200. While the carrier was due officially to adopt the ‘Fiji Airways’ brand in June 2013, the aircraft featuring the new brand was scheduled to begin commercial services on April 2, 2013

 

Adds Pichler: “Only six months after the announcement of the airline’s fleet optimization and restructuring fueled by the growth in domestic and regional traffic in the past years, Fiji Link is ready to offer its customers more choice and flexibility of flights, as well as unparalleled passenger comfort.”

Fiji Link, formerly known as Pacific Sun, is a recently rebranded domestic and regional subsidiary Fiji Airways (which also was recently re-branded and renamed: it was formerly known as Air Pacific).

The regional carrier operates a combination of ATR 42-500 turboprop regional airliners and De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 19-seaters.

Fiji Link operates on Fiji’s 11 domestic and regional island routes linking Labasa, Lakeba, Nadi, Suva and Vanuabalavu. Fiji Link also operates on behalf of Fiji Airways between the capital gateways of Suva, Nukuálofa in Tonga, Funafuti in Tuvalu and Port Vila in Vanuatu.

For more information on the airline, visit www.fijiairways.com.

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