FIJI Airways newly-appointed managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler has officially taken over his new position with the national airline.
Assuming the role left vacant by Dave Pflieger, Mr Pichler said he was excited to join the national airline at a pivotal point of its growth.
"The combination of a strong brand, new fleet of A330-200s and refurbished B737s, as well as improved schedules and services opens up an exciting new chapter for the airline," he said in a statement.
"Following the recent record-breaking financial year in terms of revenue and passenger numbers, I am confident this new era will see Fiji Airways cement their place in the industry."
Mr Pichler said there was a wonderful team culture at the national airline.
"This should enable us to develop leading industry standards in every area of our operations and to be in a position to offer customers the best flying experience in the South Pacific."
Mr Pichler was formerly the CEO of Jazeera Airline where he led the company in the past four years to a financial turnaround, achieving the highest operating profit margins in the industry in 2011 and last year.
He was recently awarded the Personal Achievement of the Year Award 2012 by Business Aviation for the Jazeera Airways turnaround. Before Jazeera Airways, he was responsible for Virgin Blue's transformation from a low cost carrier to a network airline and served as their chief commercial officer. Mr Pichler also launched Virgin Blue's long haul carrier V Australia in 2008 and served as its chairman.