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Airways' 5-year plan

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

THE $1.8million allocation to Fiji Airways in the 2014 National Budget will be instrumental in developing new flight destinations.

This as management at the national carrier prepares to construct an innovative five-year plan designed to sustainably move the airline forward.

Managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler said the plan would determine the growth of the company.

He said the airline was in the process of evaluating and discussing options as far as new flight destinations were concerned.

"Right now, we have a mixed fleet consisting of the new A330 Airbus and Boeing 737s," he said.

"Once we know where we have to fly to, we will also have to look at the aircraft."

With the continual boom in Asian travel markets, Mr Pichler said Singapore and Shanghai were among the destinations that the airline was eyeing to broaden its markets.

"If you look at it from the country's tourism side, we need diversification.

"There are a lot of big markets in South East Asia and Asia in general that are growing at a fast pace and this is something we definitely need to consider."

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the retirement of Fiji Airways' last Boeing 747 aircraft, Mr Pichler said concerns raised about the Airbus limited capacity to carry cargo were being addressed.


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