6 Jun 2006

Fiji airline adds two French aircraft to its fleet

9:54 am on 6 June 2006

Fiji's national airline Air Pacific, has bought two French-built ATR-42 aircraft from Air Mauritius to begin its domestic service from next month.

Air Pacific's managing director, John Campbell, has told Fiji TV the aircraft are relatively new and will be refurbished in Singapore where one row of seats will be removed to provide extra legroom for Fiji passengers.

The ATR-42 is a medium-sized, twin-engine turboprop capable of carrying between 46 and 50 passengers at speeds of 500 kilometres per hour and will also be suitable for regional flights to Tonga and Samoa.

Air Pacific is also promising to slash domestic airfares in Fiji by up to 50 percent, to grow the market.

Mr Campbell says Air Pacific plans to fly more tourists to Vanua Levu and Taveuni and cheaper air fares will enable more local people to start flying.