Fiji Airways names newest aircraft Island of Vatulele

The new Fiji Airways Airbus A330 has been christened Island of Vatulele. Picture: REINAL CHAND

FIJI Airways has named its newest Airbus A330 – the ‘Island of Vatulele’.

While addressing villagers from Vatulele in Nadi today, Minister for Civil Aviation and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the aircraft would provide international exposure to the people of the small island community.

“The naming of aircraft after islands in Fiji also means that specific islands get a lot of footprints, they get a lot of exposure so when these planes are actually parked in Singapore, or LA, San Fransisco and now Tokyo or Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland or wherever the flight maybe, people will ask what is Vatulele,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“They want to know the meaning of the name and they will, of course, find out that it is named after an actual island in Fiji.

“Then they will read about the island and so it gives them a lot of exposure. And of course, a lot of the islands are very unique to Fiji.”

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