In the first quarter of 2013, the Pacific recorded 230 flights per week, bringing in 327,199 tourists for that period—a 2.6 percent decline in visitor numbers due to flooding and cyclones in 2012 in Fiji, the region’s main tourist hub.
Samoa Air has taken drastic steps to stay afloat by making staff redundant and selling an aircraft. Airline’s chief executive Chris Langton told ISLANDS BUSINESS that they have had to take the action because of two issues involving the state-owned airline—Polynesian Airlines Limited (PAL). PAL reopened Fagalii Airport on Upolu ...
The fact that the global aviation industry is enjoying a period of safety is good news for the travelling public. But for the aviation insurance industry, this is cutting into their ability to secure more business and higher premiums. An aviation analysis by Willis Aerospace’s Research, Analysis, Marketing Support (RAMS) ...
A dangerous trend is emerging in the Pacific Islands region, where poorly conceived taxes on travel and tourism seem to be spiralling out of control
Solomon Islands’ busiest domestic airport, Gizo in the Western Province, is back in business with a new all-weather runway, following a five-month closure. The newly refurbished runway was opened by Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo in September. Solomon Airlines General Manager Operations and Commercial Gus Kraus said the improved infrastructure ...
Fiji’s national airline Fiji Airways is reconsidering a fresh alliance with Qantas under a four-pillar plan. At the centre of talks involving management of the two airlines is a former Virgin Airways executive, Stefan Pichler, now at the helm of Fiji Airways.
As the world of aviation grapples with how to accept and implement an aviation gas emissions scheme championed by the European Union, three Pacific Islands nations are gearing towards compliance as they intensify their climate change initiatives.
If a one-Pacific aviation market sounds too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true and will never happen. No matter how many blueprints are designed to catalyse it, the near utopian vision of ‘open skies’ in this part of the world is believed to ...
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Aviation is responsible for 5% of global warming emissions and this share is growing.
Pacific Sun, Fiji Airways’ regional subsidiary, will lease an ATR 72-600 aircraft, to add to its fleet of two ATR 42-500 and three DHC Havilland Twin Otter aircraft. Pacific Sun signed a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) for this leased aircraft with the Singapore-based aircraft leasing company Avation PLC.
The airline industry is characterised by low profit margins and high fixed costs, primarily for personnel, aircraft fuel, debt servicing and aircraft lease rentals. The expenses of a flight do not vary significantly with the number of passengers carried and as a result, a relatively small change in the number ...
The issue for the Marshall Islands government and its national carrier, Air Marshall Islands (AMI), is not whether the airline can make money. The answer to that question is known: it has not generated a profit in its 33 years of operations.
Tonga’s aviation industry is looking bright with a tax relief for its locally-owned aircraft and an open skies agreement with Singapore.
Outstanding issues regarding airlines in the region will be discussed at the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) meeting in Nadi. ASPA Secretary-General George Faktaufon said contentious issues like air services matters between Vanuatu and Fiji would likely be discussed during the meeting which will be held at Tanoa International ...
Samoan people are starting to think the unthinkable—that the region’s longest running administration might be on shaky ground.
Everyone talks of more trade ties or aid handouts from China but few in the region are serious about luring the big-spending Chinese tourists, considered by experts to be the fastest-growing US$85 billion market in the world.
Air Pacific will change its name and start trading as ‘Fiji Airways’ on June 27. Returning to its 1958 name, the switch-over marks another important milestone in the airline’s turnaround. Customers have already been able to experience a “sneak peak” of our new A330 aircraft with their new state of ...
The world’s first airline to charge passengers by their weight rather than per seat says the policy has helped raise obesity awareness and improve public health.
Airlines have a strange way of doing business. For years they can be in a cut-throat competition but then overnight they can jump in bed with each other. But then again they are no different to other industries—the same can be said about banks, telecommunications, energy and manufacturing companies.
They may be the exception rather than the norm, but China clearly is capable of producing companies that buck the global trends. Air China is one such enterprise.
Many people who have been long fascinated by the story of the gold rush days of the 1930s in Papua New Guinea feel that history is being rewritten with the resumption of Air Niugini flights to Bulolo on May 16.
Air Pacific, Fiji’s national carrier soon to be flying as ‘Fiji Airways’ has announced that following the conclusion of a highly competitive bidding process, it had selected two major international aviation banks for European export credit financing for its three new A330-200 aircraft. The two banks are German-based: KfW IPEX-Bank ...
Expect a ‘tit for tat’ battle between Australia’s mega-carrier Qantas and Fiji’s Air Pacific to get messy, observers have warned.
One of the first things that struck Tony Gollin when he joined Airports Fiji Ltd (AFL) last October as its chief executive officer was what he called “its enormous potential”.
Aviation is a dynamic and growing industry in New Zealand. It is worth NZ$10 billion to the economy, including NZ$4 billion in exports, and it’s growing at 9% per year.
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