AIR Pacific is expecting to take delivery of its first new Airbus A330 aircraft in mid-March as scheduled.
Airline managing director and CEO David Pflieger said the arrival of the new wide-body aircraft would mark the beginning of an exciting chapter in Fiji's aviation and tourism history.
Tourism industry stakeholders are optimistic the arrival of the new aircraft, coupled with Tourism Fiji's brand new marketing campaign, should result in visitor numbers hitting the one million mark sooner rather than later.
"We're thrilled about the A330s coming, they're on time as expected and we should see the first one here in the middle of March," Mr Pflieger said.
"One of the great things about this is the fact that it's going to be a beacon for Fiji, or flying billboard as I like to call it."
Mr Pflieger said the arrival of the Airbus would not only boost the image of the airline but also Fiji as a holiday destination.
"Like all the efforts we're doing elsewhere with tourism, it should lift awareness of not just the airline but more importantly the country as a great place to come and visit," he said.
He said the training of aircrew and maintenance staff were progressing well and customer service training was expected to take the airline to another level in terms of delivering total customer satisfaction.
"Airbus-related training is going well. We have trained a number of pilots and dozens of engineers already and with our flight attendants, we've done some training in relation to the introduction of the airplanes but more from a customer service perspective.