THE arrival of the first of three brand new A330 Airbus to the Air Pacific fleet complements the $200 million invested by the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
FNPF chief executive officer Aisake Taito made this comment as he joined government and private stakeholders at the welcoming of the Island of Taveuni Airbus in Nadi.
He acknowledged the aircraft's arrival as a great investment made by the FNPF and Air Pacific.
"We are happy to have assisted in the financing of the airplane and it is a proud moment for Air Pacific and also a proud moment for the people of Fiji," said Mr Taito.
"It's a well worth investment from our side. It's an aircraft for Fiji.
"We invested in the tourism industry of Fiji and the arrival of this new aircraft complements our investment."
Also joining in the accolade was James Sowane from the Society of Fiji Travel Associates (SOFTA).
Mr Sowane said the new aircraft would open up new markets for members of SOFTA.
"Markets like those in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong and also into Europe."