Fiji welcomes second new wide-bodied Airbus
Air Pacific, soon to be Air Fiji, welcomed its second of three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft last week. The first aircraft with the new Fiji Airways livery arrived early last month and the last of the trio will join the fleet in September.<!--more-->
The aircraft’s new livery, the new name and branding of the airline coincides the relaunch of Brand Fiji internationally in an effort to boost already healthy tourist numbers and popularising the destination in newer markets.
The second aircraft has been named after the country’s Namuka-i-Lau island. It is the home island of indigenous artist Makareta Vatemosi, the designer of the distinctively striking masi motifs that appear on the official logo for Fiji airways as well as the tail and other parts of the aircraft.
Paying the artist tributes during the welcoming ceremony for the second aircraft, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said, “Like every Fijian, I was tremendously impressed and inspired by her creation. How wonderful that this is the image of Fiji that these new planes will take to airports around the world. How wonderful that Makareta's creation has been hailed as brilliant by so many design experts around the world.”
The new aircraft will begin services to Sydney in a couple of weeks, to add to those already operating to Auckland, Brisbane and Hong Kong. The new aircraft will also fly to Los Angeles. The Airbus aircraft will ultimately replace the airline’s two ageing Boeing 747s.