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Air Pacific
Founded 1947
Hubs Nadi International Airport
Secondary hubs Nausori International Airport
Member lounge Tabua Club
Subsidiaries Pacific Sun
Fleet size 14
Destinations 17 International & 10 Domestic
Parent company Government of Fiji (51%)
Qantas (46.32%)
Headquarters Nadi, Fiji
Key people John Campbell (MD and CEO)

Air Pacific Limited, Fiji's international airline, operates international and domestic services around the Pacific and to North America and Hong Kong. It is also a partner with the frequent flyer programmes of Qantas, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines[1] (though not the larger Oneworld airline alliance to which Qantas and American are key members). It has its head office at the Air Pacific Maintenance & Administration Centre in Nadi.[2]



The airline was established and started operations in 1951. It was founded by Australian aviator Harold Gatty. Prior to 1971 the company operated as Fiji Airways. Air Pacific began service to the USA in 1983. Except for 2001, the airline has been profitable for every year from 1995 to 2004. Over 500,000 passengers were carried in 2004. The airline was responsible for starting the first ever scheduled international services to the capital of Australia, Canberra. While the service operated twice weekly for a number of months it is now suspended.

Air Pacific acquired Sun Air, a domestic airline, in 2007. This formed the basis for Pacific Sun, Air Pacific's domestic and regional subsidiary.

Air Pacific is owned by the Fiji Government (51%), Qantas (46.32%). Air New Zealand and the governments of Kiribati, Tonga, Nauru and Samoa each hold minor stakes. It employed 771 people as of March 2007[3].


An Air Pacific Boeing 747-400 named "Island of Vanua Levu", taxiing at Sydney Airport, Australia. (2005)

Codeshare agreements

Air Pacific has the following codeshare agreements (at December 2009), all bookable through Air Pacific website:

Airline From To Operator Notes
New Zealand Air New Zealand Nadi Los Angeles Air Pacific
United States Alaska Airlines Los Angeles Vancouver Alaska Airlines
United States American Airlines Los Angeles Atlanta
Las Vegas
New York
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
American Airlines
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific Nadi Hong Kong Air Pacific
Australia Qantas Nadi Auckland
Air Pacific


The Air Pacific fleet consists of an all-Boeing fleet (at 8 January 2010):

Air Pacific Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Routes Notes
Boeing 737-700 1 0 112 (12/100) Australia, Honolulu, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
Boeing 737-800 2 0 162 (8/154) Australia, Honolulu, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
Boeing 747-400 2 0 458 (28/430) Auckland, Los Angeles, Sydney
Boeing 767-300ER 1 0 256 (18/238) Auckland, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne Replacement aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Boeing 787-9 0 8 TBA TBA Entry into service: 2011-2016
Replacing: Boeing 767-300ER
Total 6 8 Last updated: 11 December 2009
  • Note: Economy is called Pacific Voyager and Business Class is called Tabua

The Pacific Sun fleet includes the following aircraft (at 8 January 2010):

Pacific Sun Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers
ATR42-500 2 44 Intra-Fijian routes, Tuvalu
Britten-Norman Islander 3 9 Intra-Fijian routes
de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 3 19 Intra-Fijian routes
Total 8
  • Note: Economy is called Pacific Voyager

Air Pacific have recently expanded into the Fiji domestic market with the recent takeover of Sun Air. Rebranded as Pacific Sun, the takeover acquired 6 original Sun Air aircraft as well as the addition of 2 ATR42-500 purchased from Air Mauritius in mid 2006.


Pilot exodus

There has been a mass exodus of local pilots from Air Pacific to airlines in the Middle East, Australia and also Asia. It must also be noted that after 1987 coup, for about 10 years Air Pacific stopped taking qualified pilots of Indofijian origin.[4] The pilots association has credited the pilot exodus to a gap in working conditions between locals and expatriates.[5]


Air Pacific announced an after tax profit of FJ$25 million (US$17 million) for the financial year of 2007. The after tax profit for the previous financial year was only FJ$17,000 (US$11,500). [6]

External links


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Air Pacific Annual Report 2008." Air Pacific. 44 (44/48). Retrieved on 3 October 2009.
  3. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  4. ^ Wise, Margaret (2008-06-24). "Plan to fight pilot exodus". Fiji Times. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  5. ^ "Fiji loses pilots over poor working conditions". National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  
  6. ^ "FIJI’S AIR PACIFIC REPORTS $17 MILLION PROFIT". Fijilive. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2008-06-08.  


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