History – Air Pacific
Six Decades of Flying Fiji
As Fiji’s international airline as it celebrates its 60th birthday, it gives thanks to all who have made it a success.
On 1st September 1951, a 7-seater De Havilland Dragon Rapide took off from the Fiji’s Nausori Airport to Drasa Airport near Lautoka, on the west coast of the main island. This first commercial flight saw the birth of what today is a truly international, Fijian airline. Together with its domestic/regional subsidiary of Pacific Sun, Air Pacific flies over 400 flights a week to almost 15 cities in 10 countries around the world.
Taking on various challenges that no airline in the global airline industry is immune from, Air Pacific has passed various tests with flying colours, more than ably fulfilling its dual roles of flying Fiji and contributing significantly to its economy.
For its Managing Director and CEO Dave Pflieger, the 60th anniversary offers an opportunity to salute all those that have worked or flown on Fiji’s national carrier.
“I’d like to say Vinaka Vakalevu or thank you very much to all of you who have been flying us over the years for your business and loyalty. It’s a testament to the commitment and dedication of Air Pacific staff, and to the resolve and loyalty of the people of Fiji that we have been able to come this far. There are not many national airlines that have survived the test of time, but Air Pacific continues to bring visitors and residents to and from Fiji every day of the year, and in doing so, we are able to directly contribute to the development and economy of the country.”
“Since Harold Gatty - Wiley Post’s famous navigator - founded the company as Katafaga Estates Limited back in 1951, Air Pacific, along with our subsidiary Pacific Sun, has grown considerably. We employ over 800 employees, we fly over 400 flights per week and carry one million passengers per year using Boeing 747, 767, 737, ATR-42 and DHC6 Twin Otter aircraft. Our destinations...