Fiji Airways ( 1971-2013 Air Pacific ) is the international airline of Fiji and is based in Nadi based on the Nadi Airport.
Fiji Airways was founded in 1947 by Harold Gatty as Katafanga Estates Limited. In September 1951, the scheduled domestic flight service began under the name of Fiji Airways. In July 1971, the name was changed to Air Pacific, Fiji Air Services after the ceded this name to the company.
1985 Qantas rose with a management participation at Air Pacific, and expanded its interest to 46.05 %. 51% still holds the state Fiji, 1.94% Air New Zealand and a further 0.74 % the States of Nauru, Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga.
Air Pacific received its first Boeing 737-700 on 22 September 1998 and its first Boeing 737-800 on May 24, 1999. In April 2011, they canceled an order for eight Boeing 787-8 as a result of delays in delivery. Instead, in October 2011, an order for three Airbus A330 -200 for the modernization of the long- haul fleet.
The airline is officially since June 27, 2013 Fiji Airways. At the same time a completely new corporate design has been introduced.
Fiji Airways flies from their home base from Nadi to Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand, Honiara in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu in Port Vila, Apia in Samoa, Nuku'alofa in Tonga, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles and Honolulu in the U.S..
As of September 2013 the fleet of Fiji Airways consists of seven aircraft
- 3 Airbus A330 -200
- 1 Boeing 737-700 ( winglets )
- 3 Boeing 737-800 ( winglets )
- The airline transported still shark fins, a business which is denied, for example, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Air New Zealand.
- The airline has an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the wedding conducted at the highest ( 41,000 feet, 12496.8 m).