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Airline praises diligent staff

Geraldine Panapasa
Monday, January 21, 2013

PACIFIC Sun remains committed to providing a clear career progression pathway for qualified local pilots to work for the national and domestic airline says general manager Shaenaz Voss.

Highlighting the airline's 2012 operational performance, Ms Voss said Pacific Sun had hired five pilots to fly its DH6 Twin Otter aircraft.

She commended staff members for their hard work over the past year which resulted in the airline's successful on-time performance record of 91 per cent from April to December 2012.

"Last year presented us with challenges obviously beyond our control like floods, a cyclone and the closure of the Labasa runway," she said.

"Added to that were unanticipated engine changes on our ATR-42 aircraft. Our staff worked diligently to ensure disruptions to the travel plans of our customers were kept to a minimum as much as possible.

"We're looking forward to another year of sustained excellent operational performance."

She said the airline welcomed the re-opening of the Labasa airport last October and had a continuous year-round special for domestic flights on the official website and through its reservation centres.

Meanwhile, the airline also achieved its goal of 98 per cent for flights completed from April to December last year.

The airline had set a target of 98 per cent and achieved 99 per cent for technical dispatch reliability (TDR) for the same period last year.

The TDR measures the readiness of an airline's fleet for 'pushback' — meaning the aircraft's readiness to fly without technical issues.