In June 2013 Fiji’s flag carrier, Air Pacific, will officially change its name back to Fiji Airways, the name it used from 1958 to 1970. In 2013 the airline will take delivery of three new A330-200 aircraft painted in the Fiji Airways livery and the company has already begun switching over to the new brand. It’s hoped this will turn the airline around and reverse the financial losses it has suffered over the last few years. Passengers have been complaining about poor in-flight service and delayed flights. Morale is low among non-management workers who haven’t received a pay increase in years and many pilots and mechanics have departed for greener pastures. Clearly, Air Pacific has to do something fast as it faces strong competition from the other 10 international airlines flying into Nadi. In fairness, it should be noted that although there has been criticism of the food on Air Pacific flights, at least you get fed, a luxury passengers on no frills Virgin Australia flights do not enjoy. I wish Fiji Airways every success in 2013!
My travel guidebooks have been serving island travelers since 1979. Moon Handbooks South Pacific is now in its 8th edition, and Tahiti and Fiji each have guides of their own. This blog site is intended to share new facts as they cross my desk, and to discuss issues of interest to visitors. So grab a seat: We're off on a virtual island tour.