Something in the air in Fiji

by Jan Ligthart

NADI, 5 November 2013 - After years of struggling and domestic turmoil the tourism industry of Fiji seems to be on the way up. This week the third brand new A330 aircraft of Fiji Airways made its maiden voyage over the territory it was named after: the Island of of Yasawa-i-rara.

The new aircraft of Fiji’s national carrier is decorated with Fijian masi art. It did a low fly-over the breathtaking crown jewel of the nation, the Yasawa archipelago north of the main island of Viti Levu, before it touched down for an official welcome with a traditional Fijian ceremony at Nadi International Airport.

Every person of national importance was present at the ceremony. Including prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, who apparently was the one to come up with the name for the aircraft. The other A330s in Fiji Airways' fleet are named ‘Island of Taveuni’ and ‘Island of Namuka-i-lau’.

The carrier wants to become one of the leading boutique airlines in this part of the world and will use its newest aquisition for an extra Fiji-Hong Kong service and other international long hauls.