Fiji Air­ways says bula, San Fran­cisco

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Fiji Air­ways, Fiji’s na­tional air­line, has started twice­weekly direct ser­vices from Nadi to San Fran­cisco. The flights de­part from Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port to San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Thurs­days and Sun­days.

Fiji Air­ways man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and CEO An­dre Viljoen says the new route ex­tends the air­line’s reach in North Amer­ica, with on­ward con­nec­tions avail­able to most Amer­i­can and Cana­dian cities.

‘‘We’re proud to an­nounce this new ser­vice which will give our Fiji cus­tomers a direct con­nec­tion to the very pop­u­lar city of San Fran­cisco and be­yond for leisure and fam­ily travel. For our San Fran­cisco cus­tomers, the flights will bring them to one of their favourite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tions.’’

The flight de­parts Nadi on Thurs­days and Sun­days at 9pm (lo­cal time), ar­riv­ing in San Fran­cisco 12:30pm (lo­cal time) the same day. The San Fran­cis­coNadi flight de­parts at 11pm (lo­cal time) Thurs­days and Sun­days, ar­riv­ing in Nadi at 5am (lo­cal time, plus 2 days).

The 10-hour flights on Fiji Air­ways’ A330 air­craft of­fer both econ­omy and busi­ness class travel op­tions. All Fiji Air­ways flights are full-ser­vice and in­clude checked bag­gage, in-flight en­ter­tain­ment, meals and bev­er­ages.

‘‘This new ser­vice is in line with our net­work ex­pan­sion tar­gets and gives us fur­ther reach into North Amer­ica,’’ Viljoen says.

‘‘The sea­sonal fly­ing takes into ac­count com­mon va­ca­tion trends out of the United States. Along with the Fi­jian com­mu­nity, the Samoan and Ton­gan com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in San Fran­cisco are also big win­ners with this direct ser­vice. It will of­fer them a con­ve­nient one-stop flight back to their home­land to see fam­ily and friends.’’

Fi­jian At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Pub­lic En­ter­prises and Civil Avi­a­tion, Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum, says the direct flights to San Fran­cisco will po­si­tion Fiji as the hub of the Pa­cific and tran­sit hub.

‘‘Fiji now con­nects to all the con­ti­nents that rim the Pa­cific basin ex­cept South Amer­ica and that ob­vi­ously could be our next fron­tier which we could get into in the long term,’’ he says.

Sayed-Khaiyum says this is also a proud mo­ment for all Fi­jians to unite and sup­port their na­tional car­rier.

‘‘We fly to San Fran­cisco, Los An­ge­les, Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Syd­ney, Bris­bane, Mel­bourne, Auck­land, Christchurch, Welling­ton, Tonga, Samoa, Van­u­atu, and Solomon Is­lands. This is the level of con­nec­tiv­ity our na­tional car­rier pro­vides and it is some­thing we all need to be proud of. It will also cre­ate a lot of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for Fiji,’’ he says.

‘‘It will also mean we are cre­at­ing more em­ploy­ment and it cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for more crew mem­bers and pi­lots.’’

Tick­ets can be pur­chased through the Fiji Air­ways web­site, fi­jianair­, or by call­ing the Fiji Air­ways Global Reser­va­tions Cen­tre.

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