Posted on: 03 June 2014 by Mark Howells
Fiji Link, the domestic and regional subsidiary of Fiji Airways, has taken delivery of its first brand new ATR 72-600 on operating lease from Singapore-based lessor, Avation.
The acquisition of the new ATR is as part of Fiji Link’s 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 ATR 72-600 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 programme of flying to Fiji’s existing domestic and regional destinations while commencing flights on a new route Suva–Apia.
Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways group managing director and CEO, remarked, “These increases in frequency and capacity demonstrate our commitment to build a global, connected network. This larger capacity modern ATR turboprop comes at the right moment in the airline’s new operational schedule. Only six months after the announcement of the airline’s fleet optimisation and restructuring fuelled 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.”