Fiji Airways is proud to be known as the flag carrier airline of the tropical island of Fiji. The company was originally founded and registered as Katafaga Estates in 1947 by Harold Gatty, an Australian navigator and aviation pioneer. The first commercial flight took off on 1st September 1951 from Nausori Airport arriving in Lautoka on the West coast of the island. Qantas acquired the company in 1958 and renamed it Air Pacific before returning to the original name in 2012. Fiji Airways can now claim to be a major international airline with over 400 direct flights each week to 24 destinations in the Pacific Ocean area. Currently, Fiji Airways has 3 US gateways, including Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Almost two-thirds of the visitors to Fiji arrive on the island transported by Fiji Airways.
Created by a local artist Makereta Matemosi, the brandmark of Fiji Airways is instantly recognisable. The current fleet of 9 aircraft comprises 4 Airbus and 5 Boeing planes seating both Business and Economy passengers. they are one of Fiji's largest employers, providing jobs for over 900 local people and contributing to the charity Wings of Hope to assist school and hospital projects. Passenger comfort and enjoyment is key to the success of Fiji Airways, and they are delighted that the inflight magazine FijiTime has received the prestigious award of Australasia's Leading Inflight Magazine 2017. Their comprehensive website is a mine of information, even providing weather reports for the airport itself!
Passengers may book either Business Class or Economy. An innovative feature offered by the airline is the opportunity to bid for an upgrade, giving access to a larger seat pitch, priority check-in, fine dining and a signature cocktail. A range of complimentary entertainment options are available in all areas of the plane, and a comprehensive duty-free shopping experience helps to while away the journey.
The Tabua Club rewards program offers a range of benefits for frequent flyers including priority reservations, access to 12 airport lounges and an increased baggage allowance. A dedicated team is on hand to help with reservations and queries, provide a meet-and-greet service and ensure a smooth journey that meets the highest possible standards of customer service.
This is available from 3 hours prior to departure. Boarding gates close 1 hour before take-off (50 minutes for business passengers).