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 ...
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.
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.
Tonga’s domestic air travellers have been assured they won’t be affected when the current domestic airline Chathams Pacific pulls out in March. A new locally owned domestic airline would take over servicing Tonga’s domestic routes, Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu has confirmed.
Aviation agencies around the world have been talking about how the Integrated Aviation Management System or IAMS has made their work more efficient.
Only three events this year have managed to bridge Solomon Islands divisive politics, bringing together the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Nauru’s Our Airline will begin regular air service to Majuro in early December following the signing of an agreement between the air carrier and the Marshall Islands government in early November.
Friendly competition between two Melanesian airlines has turned sour after one government closed its door on cooperation.
As one of the longest running airlines in the region prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in October with a new Dash 8 aircraft, the stage is set for what Solomon Airlines' chief executive Captain Ron Sumsum believes will be a critical period in determining the future of the national ...
It was in October 1962 that Australian aviator Laurie Crowley conceived the idea of Megapode Airlines—a charter service flying between the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Achieving a viable and lasting structure for the provision of air services for passengers and cargo has been a huge challenge for airlines of the South Pacific.
As well as providing the most convenient way to travel in the region, aviation has a significant footprint in Pacific Islands economies.
For the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a flag carrier continues to be a pipe dream after Saipan Air Inc. initially indefinitely postponed and later on ceased its operations two days before the much-awaited July 1 inaugural flight.
Just a few years back, Qantas was hailed as one of the best airlines in the world with an impressive safety record and unprecedented profitability.
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.
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”.
Air Vanuatu has scored a major victory. From July 1, it will be flying its 68-seater ATR72-500 aircraft once a week from Port Vila to Nausori Airport, Fiji’s second international airport, and back to Port Vila.
The airline industry is one of the few real global industries that transcends international borders. Safety, therefore, is of paramount importance not only to the airlines but also to the states that the airlines operate to.
Thirty years ago, Majuro was a regular stop for Air Nauru, which flew a fleet of Boeing 737s into Pacific and Asian destinations. But the days when the Nauru government burned $20 million a year to subsidize its national airline are long gone, and so is Air Nauru.
Solomon Airlines will play a part in developing health facilities in Honiara as part of its community focus for its 50th anniversary.
Expect a ‘tit for tat’ battle between Australia’s mega-carrier Qantas and Fiji’s Air Pacific to get messy, observers have warned.
It seems every corporate big player wants a slice of the big spending cake of Asia. The airlines are no exception.
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.
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.
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