Bula Australia: Fiji Airways celebrates the return of international travelers
Fiji Airways welcomed fully vaccinated tourists on board for the first time in 20 months last week (December 1), the first Australian tourists landing in Fiji on one of the airline’s Airbus A330s.
Fiji Airways now operates 14 flights per week from Sydney (twice daily) to one of the most vaccinated tourist destinations in the world, using the airline’s new state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 and fuel-efficient Boeing 737 MAX . 8.
Daily flights from Melbourne were also launched, with the first Victorians leaving at 11:55 p.m. on December 1 and waking up in the beautiful 333 islands of Fiji on the morning of December 2.
Daily flights from Brisbane will begin once Queensland allows vacationing Australians to return to the state without hotel quarantine, according to the carrier.
“Today is a very special day as we welcome our Australian friends back after 20 long months,” said Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways, when welcoming the first flight from Sydney.
“We have worked hard since March of last year to prepare for this moment and ensure our customers have the safest and most enjoyable travel experience possible.
“We have incorporated a new award-winning Travel Ready safety program, new in-flight entertainment for travelers of all ages and new seat selection options to improve comfort on long-haul and medium-haul flights.
“The safety of our customers and staff will always be our top priority. All of our staff are fully vaccinated, our new Travel Ready program is dedicated to medical safety and well-being, and Fiji Airways is the only airline in the Australia-Pacific region to achieve a 5-star COVID safety rating. from Skytrax as well as the highest hospital category. “Diamond” certification by APEX Health and Safety.
“A key part of our Travel Ready program is having medically qualified Customer Wellness Champions for medical advice and assistance onboard every international flight, making us the only airline in the Australasia region- Pacific to do so. This is how seriously we take the well-being of our customers and staff, ”said Viljoen.
He said that Fiji Airways took advantage of this period to launch a range of new products and benefits to improve the customer experience for its customers from now on, including an increase in the baggage allowance from 23 kg to 30 kg for passengers. economy class passengers on all international flights.
For some long-haul and medium-haul flights, he said economy class passengers will be able to purchase the “My Island” sleeper product to stretch out and relax in a row.
The new My Island option includes additional amenities consisting of a business class waist pillow, mattress topper, extra blanket, and extra seat belt to help promote the best sleep possible in economy class.
Onboard catering was also renewed with the appointment of celebrity Fiji-New Zealand chef Richard Cross to oversee all of the airline’s catering functions, including its award-winning Fiji Airways Premier lounge at Nadi International Airport.
Along with this, Fiji Airways introduced a specially selected range of highly rated wines, including America’s number one luxury cabernet sauvignon grape from Justin Wines. The new range of wines on board come from renowned wine regions of Australia, New Zealand, France and America.
Fiji Airways has also focused on new ways to entertain its young passengers on board with the launch of Our Ocean, Our Life. The Free Inflight Activity Pack and Book Series, for passengers ages 2-12, is dedicated to educating the next generation on the importance of preserving and protecting Fiji’s fragile marine environment , in a fun and engaging way.
For a discounted rate when booking vacations directly with the carrier, families can experience Fiji Airways World Class Premier Lounge in Nadi with a la carte buffet / restaurant, cafe, bar, wifi, showers and comfortable seats.
Fiji’s national airline has prepared its fully vaccinated crew for the resumption of flights in the new state-of-the-art Fiji Airways Aviation Academy, the first of its kind in the South Pacific Islands.
“We have been able to provide our pilots, engineers and flight attendants with the best possible training to prepare them for this day and a busy season ahead by using the Fiji Airways Aviation Academy (FJAA), our new training facility. fully integrated into Nadi with two full flight simulators, ”Viljoen said.
Over 90% of the adult population of Fiji is fully vaccinated and travelers entering Fiji must be fully vaccinated and provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test performed no later than 72 hours before departure.
Entry requirements to Fiji include a pre-booked itinerary with accommodation and transfers approved by Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) for the first three nights, proof of travel insurance that will cover medical costs related to covid-19, and a rapid antigen test 48 hours after arrival in Fiji at the station.