ONE of the biggest challenges that the recently-appointed Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler will soon take on is the formulation of a five-year development plan for the national airline.
"The big challenge now is formulating a five-year plan with all the different areas and we will have that done by the end of December, and we hope to get that approved by the board and then we will work on this thereafter," Mr Pichler said.
"Firstly, we will get this growth strategy developed but a reasonable strategy that will lead to sustainable profitability."
As part of the development pathway, Mr Pichler said all departments within the national airline would have to develop their own strategic plans.
"Then we will get all of the departments to work together as a team and achieve those things.
"Now everybody is defining his measures and ideas for the next five years and all of that is incorporated into our plans and once we get the plans approved, everybody is accountable to fulfil their plans, me included."
Meanwhile, preparations for the arrival of the third and final Airbus next month is going according to plan.
"It is going according to schedule and hopefully we will be able to land that aircraft on November 5th.
"I say hopefully because we will only know the exact date after the first test flight of the aircraft, which will be done on October 8.
"It's going according to plan and we will replace the B747s and of course the A330s are a much more fuel efficient aircraft which is good for us."
The aircraft will join the two A330s that arrived earlier this year.