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Domestic airline to increase flight frequency

Kalesi Mele
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

FIJI Airways will soon increase their flight frequency to domestic routes with the arrival of a Twin Otter DHC-6 series 4 on Monday.

Executive general manager corporate affairs Shaenaz Voss said the plane was one of three the airline purchased to service domestic routes.

The aircraft was manufactured in Canada and will join the Fiji Link fleet.

"We expect to enter commercial service in December," she said.

"This is the first of three Twin Otters we have purchased which will replace two of our existing series 300 aircraft."

The aircraft is a step up from the Series 300 with airconditioned cabins and refreshed interiors.

The cockpit has state of-the-art digital avionics systems and operating features to enhance operatonal reliability and an easier transition for the progression of Fiji Link pilots on to the ATR fleet.

The investment is part of Fiji Airways' objective to modernise its fleet.

"Once we complete the acquisition and delivery of all three aircraft we will have four Twin Otters.

"We will be able to increase our frequencies to key domestic routes particularly to the North by 30 per cent."

"Additionally we plan to increase our flight frequency on our trunk route (Nadi to Suva) to seven a day."

The engineering team is expected to complete painting the airline liveries and installation of airline seats within the next week before it is used for training and certification flights.

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