Fiji Airways Group welcomes its first new ATR 72-600 for Fiji Link
Fiji’s main domestic and regional airline increases seat capacity boosting its network
The domestic and regional subsidiary of Fiji Airways, Fiji Link took delivery of its first brand new ATR 72-600 on operating lease from Singapore-based aircraft leasing company Avation PLC. The acquisition of the new ATR is as part of airline’s dynamic expansion plan to support network growth on its domestic and regional routes in the Pacific Islands, which it today operates on behalf of Fiji Airways.
The larger capacity, 68-seat ATR 72-600 of the new generation will allow the Fiji Airways Group to enhance connectivity over Fiji’s larger domestic ports Nadi, Suva and Labasa, while boosting frequency of flights to other Pacific island destinations.
The new aircraft will be based at Suva airport where Fiji Link is about to start its first full program of flying to Fiji’ existing domestic and regional destinations while commencing flights on a new route Suva-Apia.
Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways Group Managing Director and CEO said: “These increases in frequency and capacity demonstrate our commitment to build a global, connected network. This larger capacity modern ATR turboprop comes in the right moment in the airline’s new operational schedule. Only 6 months after the announcement of the airline’s fleet optimization and restructuring fueled by the growth in domestic and regional traffic in the past years, Fiji Link is ready to offer its customers more choice and flexibility of flights, as well as unparalleled passenger comfort.”
The ATR-600 series aircraft will provide Fiji Link with the vital reduced operating and maintenance costs optimizing and reinforcing to maximum its airline’s economics.
About Fiji Link:
Fiji Link, formerly known as Pacific Sun, is a recently rebranded domestic and regional subsidiary carrier of a fast growing airline Fiji Airways. It operates today a combination of ATR 42-500s and De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft. Fiji Link operates on Fiji’s eleven domestic and regional island routes including Labasa, Lakeba, Nadi, Suva, Vanuabalavu. Fiji Link also operates on behalf of Fiji Airways between the capital gateways of Suva, Nukuálofa in Tonga, Funafuti in Tuvalu and Port Vila in Vanuatu. For more information, log on www.fijiairways.com .
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company’s employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more 140 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.