Fiji

Fiji Airways Announced as 15th Full Member Airline of oneworld

3rd June 2024, Fiji: Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Carrier, has today been announced by oneworld® as its 15th full-member airline, building on its previous status as a oneworld connect partner.

The announcement was made at IATA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS) in Dubai – the world’s largest gathering of airline leaders.

Fiji Airways has been a valuable presence in the oneworld alliance for the past five years as a oneworld connect partner. During this time, the airline has developed cooperative links with all oneworld member airlines, paving its way to a more seamless integration as a full oneworld member. Fiji Airways’ transition to full membership will commence immediately and will be completed within the next 12 months.

Andre Viljoen, the Managing Director, and CEO of Fiji Airways, added: “I am extremely proud to announce our full membership in the award-winning oneworld alliance, marking a significant step in our commitment to providing unparalleled service and connectivity.

“This milestone will have far-reaching benefits for Fijians, including enhanced domestic services via Fiji Link and increased global connectivity, drawing more international tourists to our islands. This is a proud moment for Fiji, as it promises to further boost our tourism sector and support local businesses, contributing to the overall prosperity of our nation.”

Nat Pieper, oneworld CEO, said: “It’s a very warm bula, or hello, to Fiji Airways as we welcome them as our  15th full-member airline in the oneworld alliance. Fiji Airways is already part of the oneworld family, as we have had a highly successful relationship since the airline joined as a oneworld connect partner five years ago. With its tremendous growth, award-winning product and services, and acceleration of connections with  all oneworld member airlines, Fiji Airways will strengthen our position as the premier airline alliance for  international global travellers.”

Fiji Airways, with its hub at Nadi International Airport, serves 26 destinations in 15 countries and territories globally, including oneworld hubs at Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Fiji Link, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiji Airways, will become an affiliate airline of oneworld and extend the alliance’s network even further by bringing its domestic flights to Suva, Nadi, Labasa, Taveuni and Kadavu; as well as regionally to the  Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Fiji Airways recently announced record annual profits and revenues, for 2023, with 2.2 million passengers carried on its flights, offering 2.8 million seats.  With unprecedented growth, increased capacity, and fleet enhancement with new state-of-the-art Airbus A350 aircraft, Fiji Airways is well set to continue its growth now as a full oneworld member airline, offering even more flights and new routes in response to the growing customer demand.

As a full oneworld member airline, Fiji Airways will provide oneworld Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby customers with a full suite of oneworld benefits including earning and redeeming miles, earning status points, priority check-in and boarding and lounge access. Likewise, Fiji Airways’ top-tier customers will be able to gain access to all oneworld priority benefits including a network of nearly 700 business and First-class lounges globally, as well as newly opened oneworld branded lounges in Amsterdam’s Schiphol and Seoul’s Incheon Airports.

Fiji Airways originally commenced flying on 1st September 1951 and now has a fleet of 21 aircraft, including  Airbus A350s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s.

At the 2023 Skytrax Awards, Fiji Airways won the Best Airline, Best Airline Staff and Best Airline Services in  Australia & the Pacific categories; came 15th in the Global top 100 Airline Rankings; was 12th in the Global  Top 20 Cabin Crew Rankings; and came 16th in the Global Top Cleanest Airline Rankings.

2024 marks the 25th anniversary of the oneworld alliance, which was founded in 1999 by American Airlines,  British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas. Later this year, Oman Air will become the 14th member airline of the alliance, joining Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair,  Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and  SriLankan Airlines.

 

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