ZACIFIC Sun welcomed a new addition to its fleet a DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 aircraft in what was described as a short but moving kava ceremony at its headquarters in Nadi yesterday.
A statement from the company said Pacific Sun employees together with colleagues from parent company, Air Pacific, were on hand to receive the aircraft when it landed at 1.20pm.
Employees joined Pacific Sun general manager Shaenaz Voss in welcoming ferry pilots Captains Gerald David Oliver and Keith Thomas Kearns from the US-based ferry company Southern Cross Aviation.
"Although it was a Sunday, we wanted to greet our new airplane and express our thanks to the ferry pilots for delivering the aircraft across the USA and the Pacific Ocean to its new home in Fiji," said Mrs Voss.
"We also wanted to recognise the teams at both Pacific Sun and Air Pacific who have worked so hard to ensure the arrival of this second new addition to our domestic fleet."
The airline said Air Pacific engineers would now work on painting its tail with the airline's rainbow livery and re-installing the aircraft seats that were removed to make way for additional fuel tanks needed for the 8400 nautical mile flight.
And once this is completed and the clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji formalised, Pacific Sun plans to put the plane into service by the end of the week. "The arrival at the beginning of June of the first of these two more capable and more modern 300 series Twin Otters has ensured a more reliable schedule and better on-time performance."