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New lockdown ends Fiji Airways and Fiji Link flights

04/23/2021 – 06:04 AM UTC

Fiji Airways (FJ, Nadi) and Fiji Link (FJA, Nadi) have canceled some domestic services as well as international repatriation flights in accordance with a 14-day COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

Containment measures have been stepped up following the first case of community transmission in the capital Suva. Fijian authorities have shut down businesses that require public interaction and have halted most travel within and outside the country as efforts are made to locate 500 people exposed to the virus during a funeral.

The airline, in a statement, said flights to Auckland Int’l from April 26 to April 29, as well as Sydney Kingsford Smith on April 26, had been canceled.

However, the Nadi-Auckland (FJ 1411) and Auckland-Nadi (FJ 1410) repatriation flights on April 22 would operate as planned.

All other international repatriation flights to and from Fiji between April 23-26 have been canceled, including return flights between Nadi and Brisbane Int’l, Los Angeles Int’l and Apia Faleolo (Samoa) .

The only exceptions for …

Fiji Airways cleared for return of B737 MAX

05.04.2021 – 18:01 UTC

Fiji Airways (FJ, Nadi) has announced that it has received the green light from the Fiji Civil Aviation Authority (CAAF) to restart commercial operations of B737-8, although its two such aircraft remain in the Alice Springs airport at this time. being.

“The past eight months have been spent planning for the eventual recertification of the aircraft and reviewing all of our regulators’ return-to-service requirements,” said Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen. “I am proud of our previous investment in the mandatory training of our pilots in a full flight simulator for the B737 MAX, beyond the minimum requirements when we initially introduced the aircraft to our fleet.”

The Fijian carrier has not yet announced a timetable for the aircraft’s return to service. Due to ongoing travel restrictions, Fiji Airways currently operates only international repatriation and freight flights.

Ultimately, he plans to use the B737 MAX 8 primarily on his routes to Australia and New Zealand. Regulators in both countries have already allowed operations of the type.

In addition to the two B737-8 already delivered, …

Fiji Airways obtains $ 65 million in bank loans

17.03.2021 – 07:33 UTC

Fiji Airways (FJ, Nadi) signed a $ 65 million liquidity support facility with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help cover operating costs and meet financial obligations during slowdown in international travel caused by border closures linked to COVID-19.

The financing includes a $ 40 million loan from the ADB and another $ 25 million from the Leading Private Infrastructure Fund in Asia (LEAP), which will be administered by the ADB. The facility is being made available to Fiji’s Air Pacific Limited, which operates under the name Fiji Airways and through its wholly-owned subsidiary Fiji Link (FJA, Nadi), ADB said in a statement.

Fiji Airways chief executive André Viljoen in a separate statement said the financial support came at a critical time and would allow the national carrier to survive COVID-19 and maintain its critical role of air access for Fijians .

He said the airline was focusing on “future adjustment” measures to survive and prosper once the borders reopened, but did not give details. He previously said the airline was cutting costs by 20%, renegotiating all contracts and …

Australia detaches B737 MAX

02.03.2021 – 05:39 UTC

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) grounded the B737 MAX on February 26, 2021, becoming the first regulator in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

“We have accepted the full return-to-service requirements specified by the FAA as the design state of the 737 MAX and have confidence that the aircraft is safe. Our airworthiness and engineering team assessed that there were no additional return-to-service requirements for operations. in Australia, ”said Acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Graeme Crawford.

For the moment, CASA’s decision remains moot as no Australian airline operates this type. Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane Int’l) has firm orders for twenty-five B737-10 but does not plan to take delivery until mid-2023.

CASA pointed out that two foreign airlines, SilkAir of Singapore (which is gradually merged with parent company Singapore Airlines) and Fiji Airways operated B737-8s on routes to Australia. The former does not currently fly to Australia due to COVID border restrictions, while the latter uses a mix of B737-800 …

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