Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, will launch twice-weekly service on April 2 to Vava’u, the northern island group of the Pacific nation of Tonga, from its hub at Nadi International Airport on the Fijian island of Viti Levu.

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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 at Nausori International Airport near Fiji’s capital Suva.

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Although the carrier will officially adopt the ‘Fiji Airways’ brand in June, the aircraft will begin commercial services on April 2. The Airbus A330-200 was officially accepted by Nick Caine, Air Pacific’s chief financial officer, at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse on March 15.

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The carrier plans to unveil its new branding and logo in early July; and then to release images of its new livery and aircraft interiors in October, in conjunction with Fiji Day. The new brand will be rolled out over the upcoming 18 months.

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The two airlines say the new codeshare will give American’s customers more travel options throughout the South Pacific and Air Pacific customers easier access to major business centers in the United States.

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Continental Airlines is launching new service from Los Angeles to Maui and from Orange County to Honolulu on March 7, 2010, and plans to begin a second daily flight on the Los Angeles-Honolulu route the same day.

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Resort and other real-estate developments on islands lend themselves more naturally to environmentally responsible design than do developments on the mainland in terms of the economics of sustainable practices, according to developer Amble Resorts.

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Continental Airlines is launching service from its Guam hub and Honolulu to Nadi, Fiji on December 18.

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