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Air Pacific managing director and chief executive Dave Pflieger (left), with Panasonic executive director Oceania region Kevin Cooper (far right) and Air Pacific flight attendants during the partnership signing at Port Denarau yesterday. Photo: LEON LORD
By ANA MADIGIBULI
Air Pacific was delighted to announce a number of their new partnerships during the Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange event in Port Denarau yesterday.
The new partnership was to allow the airline to provide its passengers travelling to the South Pacific even more reasons to fly with them.
Mr Pflieger said it was part of their commitment to providing a world-class flying experience for their customers onboard the new A330-200s next year.
He said these deals are consistent with our desire to work with the very best, as we continue to revitalize the airline and prepare to prelaunch as ‘Fiji Airways’ next year. He said Panasonic who is the leading entertainment and communication provider will install their eX2 in-flight entertainment system on the airline’s new A330-200 aircraft.
“Weber Aircraft has been selected to provide the seats for both economy and business class on board the new Airbus fleet,” Mr Pflieger said.
“The models selected for the two classes have a number of design features to ensure optimal comfort for passengers.
“With a focus on refreshing the look of Fiji’s national carrier, SIAEC has been selected for its new A330-200’s cabin design and functionality.
“SIAEC will design the A330 interiors and do the specifications and quality inspections of the aircraft prior to their entry into service.
In the last 12 months, the airline has ordered the three brand new A330-200 aircraft that will be powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent 700 engines; it has increased flights between Fiji and Sydney from 7 to 13 times weekly.
Mr Pflieger said Air Pacific had a vision to become a best in class airline, and “over the past 24 months we have made significant progress with our turnaround plan.
“The re -launch of Air Pacific in 2013 as Fiji Airways marks an exciting new chapter for us,” he said.
“We will have an enhanced offering that will complement the gracious Fijian service that has won Air Pacific several awards.
“In the meantime we hope our customers will continue to enjoy Air Pacific’s currently quality products and friendly services.”