Air Pacific


Air Pacific

Infobox Airline
airline=Air Pacific
logo=AirPacificLogo.pnglogo_size=
fleet_size= 14
destinations=17
IATA=FJ
ICAO=FJI
callsign=PACIFIC
founded=1947
headquarters=Nadi, Fiji
key_people=John Campbell (Managing Director and CEO)
hubs=Nadi International Airport
secondary_hubs=Nausori International Airport
frequent_flyer=
lounge=Tabua Club
alliance=
parent=Government of Fiji (51%)
website= http://www.airpacific.com

Air Pacific Limited, Fiji's international airline, is based in Nadi, Fiji Islands, operating international and domestic services around the Pacific and to North America and Japan.

History

The airline was established and started operations in 1951. It was founded by Australian aviator Harold Gatty. Prior to 1971 the company operated as Fiji Airways. Air Pacific began service to the USA in 1983. Except for 2001, the airline has been profitable for every year from 1995 to 2004. Over 500,000 passengers were carried in 2004. The airline was responsible for starting the first ever scheduled international services to the capital of Australia, Canberra. While the service operated twice weekly for a number of months it is now suspended. Fact|date=April 2007

Air Pacific acquired Sun Air, a domestic airline, in 2007. This formed the basis for Pacific Sun, Air Pacific's domestic and regional subsidiary.

Air Pacific is owned by the Fiji Government (51%), Qantas (46.32%). Air New Zealand and the governments of Kiribati, Tonga, Nauru and Samoa each hold minor stakes. It employs 771 people (at March 2007)Flight International 27 March 2007] .

Destinations

As of April 2008, Air Pacific operates scheduled services to the following destinations: [cite web
title = Air Pacific route map
publisher = Air Pacific
url = http://www.airpacific.com/default.aspx?sid=AP_travelPlanner&pid=AP_Routemap
accessdate = 2008-04-03
]

Fleet

The Air Pacific fleet includes the following aircraft (at March 2007):

Air Pacific have recently expanded into the Fiji domestic market with the recent takeover of Sun Air. Rebranded as Pacific Sun, the takeover acquired 6 original Sun Air aircraft as well as the addition of 2 ATR42-500 purchased from Air Mauritius in mid 2006.

Controversies

Urination incident

Air Pacific was forced to apologise after a Fijian soldier urinated on a young female Japanese passenger on a flight from Japan to Fiji. Air Pacific cabin crew provided the woman a change of clothes from the duty free selection, as well as towels and disinfectant soap. The incident made major headlines in Japan. [cite news | url=http://www.smh.com.au/news/travel/soldier-urinates-on-japanese-passenger/2007/04/05/1175366369391.html | title= Fiji soldier urinates on Japanese passenger | work=The Sydney Morning Herald | first=Michael | last=Field | date=2007-04-05 | accessdate=2008-10-01] Since the incident, the Japan-Fiji route has performed poorly for Air-Pacific and the Fijian tourism industry has suffered as a consequence ( low amount of Japanese tourists ). [Cite news
last = Field
first = Michael
title = Urination incident hits Fiji tourism badly
work = The Sydney Morning Herald
date = 2008-01-09
url = http://www.smh.com.au/news/news/urination-incident-hits-fiji-tourism-badly/2008/01/08/1199554641235.html
accessdate = 2008-01-09
]

Pilot Exodus

There has been a mass exodus of local pilots from Air Pacific to airlines in the Middle East, Australia and also Asia. [Cite news
last = Wise
first = Margaret
title = Plan to fight pilot exodus
work = Fiji Times
date = 2008-06-24
url = http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=90124
accessdate = 2008-06-04
] The pilots association has credited the pilot exodus to a gap in working conditions between locals and expatriates. [Cite news
title = Fiji loses pilots over poor working conditions
work = National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea
date = 2008-06-26
url = http://www.nbc.com.pg/20080526_Fiji_loses_pilots_over_poor_working_conditions.htm
accessdate = 2008-06-10
]

Profit

Air Pacific announced an after tax profit of FJ$25 million (US$17 million) for the financial year of 2007. The after tax profit for the previous financial year was only FJ$17,000 (US$11,500). [Cite web
title = FIJI’S AIR PACIFIC REPORTS $17 MILLION PROFIT
work= Pacific Islands Report
newspaper =Fijilive
date = 2008-06-29
url = http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2008/May/05-30-04.htm
accessdate = 2008-06-08
]

External links

* [http://www.airpacific.com/ Air Pacific]
* [http://www.pacificsun.com.fj/ Pacific Sun]

References


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