Fiji Airways arrives in NZ

Fiji Airways A330

In about 15 minutes the brand new Fiji Airways A330 touches down in New Zealand for the first flight in the new livery and brand. 

The Air Pacific is being retired as Fiji focuses north and moves their hubs from Auckland and Sydney to Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Our silly sanctions and rude attitude toward Fiji has forced then to look for new friends in the region who won;t constantly hector and lecture them.

We only have ourselves to blame.


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  • Joe Naitini

    upload photos please

  • GregM

    Flying up there on a rattly old air pacific737 was always a highlight of my trips up there.
    I will be flying them again and I wish them the best.

  • Steve R

    Do the New Zealand and Australian governments have such a hard on for Fiji out of fear that oneday if they overstep the mark we’ll have a revolution here.

  • LesleyNZ

    Wonderful to read this. Welcome Fiji Airways! Some great photos can be seen on this link. Oh to be in Fiji right now!!/mailifemagazine?fref=ts

    • island time

      Two more A330’s to come. One in August and one in November.

  • cows4me

    Is that a Lion Red symbol on the tail.

  • Gazzaw

    Ni sa bula FJ!!!!!!

    What a sad indictment on our foreign policy that the operational hubs have relocated to LAX and Hong Kong. Direct services from Nadi to Hong Kong and feeder codeshare services into Shanghai, Beijing & Guangzhou will ensure that the face of Fiji tourism will change forever. No more Denarau bargains for Kiwis – those resorts will be chocker year round. Watch for FJ codeshare feeders too from Nadi to Samoa & Tonga to take Chinese tourists beyond Fiji. Trade follows tourism as sure as night follows day. We’ve been snookered by our own arrogance.

    • Ronnie Chow

      I don’t know . Isn’t Auckland well on the way to becoming a Chinese colony ?

      • Gazzaw

        It already is Ronnie. Financially anyway.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Now if only Samoa would follow suit .

    • Gazzaw

      Give them some time Ronnie. Samoa would love to see Polynesian Airlines resurrected and China will be right on hand to do it for them. I would suggest that they will wait on China’s first commercial jet aircraft due to roll out next year. The Tongan government has already relaunched its aging domestic airline with Chinese backing and new Chinese aircraft. Await Royal Tongan’s arrival back to NZ using new Chinese jets. The map of the South Pacific is being redrawn in Beijing.

      • island time

        Tonga is using old Chinese planes from Vanuatu at the moment. They are pieces of junk

        • Gazzaw

          Didnt know the new aircraft had not arrived yet. Island time eh?

  • Graham Pilgrim

    New Zealand was never a “hub” of Air Pacific!

  • Graham Pilgrim

    Considering that Qantas has a significant stake in Fiji Airways, and Air New Zealand a smaller stake, I think the suggestion that they have been “forced to look for new friends” is somewhat fanciful.