Fiji Airways says bula, San Francisco
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, fijianairways.com, or by calling the Fiji Airways Global Reservations Centre.