Trade Qantas Airways
Fiji Airlines (trade as formerly known as Pacific Airlines), is a flag carrier from Fiji and operates international services from its centers in Fiji to 13 countries and 23 cities including Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands (Oceania), the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has an extended network of 108 international destinations through its code-sharing partners. The airline resumed direct flights to Japan (Tokyo-Narita) on July 3, 2018. The Fiji Airlines Group brings in 64 per cent of all visitors travelling to Fiji, employs more than 1,000 staff and earns more than US$ 815 million ($390 million). The first commercial flight was made as Fiji Airways in 1951 but the company's assets date back to Katafaga Properties Ltd. formed in 1947. After being acquired by Qantas in 1958, Katafaga Properties was re-equipped as a regional airline and renamed Pacific Airlines. In May 2012, CEO David Pfleger announced that the final part of the company's successful transformation, the company will return to its former name Fiji Airlines to strengthen its role as Fiji's national airline. The Government of Fiji owns 52% of the airline and Qantas 46%, with the governments of many Pacific island states holding the rest. The company plans to replace five of its old Boeing 737 aircraft with a new Boeing 737 MAX 8s on delivery in late 2018, at a listed price of about $110 million each. It has been Two new Boeing aircraft arrived in 2018, with the rest in 2019, with two Airbus A350-900s leased. The aircraft are intended for the regional services of Fiji Airlines to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.