Millionth man

MAHENDRA Shankar says he will never forget his third time on an airplane.

As he checked in at the Nadi International Airport counter yesterday morning, Fiji Airways executive general manager sales and marketing Otto Gergye tapped him on the shoulder and shook his hand. The Vatuwaqa, Suva, resident had created history by becoming Fiji Airways’ millionth passenger.

“I’m so happy, I don’t know what to say except thank you to Fiji Airways for this wonderful gesture,” the 51-year-old beamed.

Mr Shankar was checking in for Fiji Airways’ FJ911 flight to Sydney when he was awarded a commemorative plaque, free flight to any destination, free one-year membership to the exclusive Tabua Club and a few other memorabilia.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler said the event was significant because the carrier was well on its way to surpassing one million passengers in a calendar year for the very first time.

“It’s a great reflection of the hard work done by our team to increase passenger numbers and revenue,” he said.

“And next year will be even better, as we will offer nearly 1.4 million seats on Fiji Airways.”

Mr Pichler said that at its current load factor of about 85 per cent, the airline should ferry 1.3 million passengers, making 2014 the year Fiji Airways flew the highest number of passengers in its 63-year history.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler said the event was significant because the carrier was well on its way to surpassing one million passengers in a calendar year for the very first time.

“It’s a great reflection of the hard work done by our team to increase passenger numbers and revenue,” he said.

“And next year will be even better, as we will offer nearly 1.4 million seats on Fiji Airways.”

Mr Pichler said at its load factor of about 85 per cent, the airline should ferry 1.3 million passengers, making 2014 the year Fiji Airways flew the highest number of passengers in its 63-year history.

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