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Fiji Airways to launch flights to Vancouver, Canada

Fiji Airways has announced that it will launch flights to Vancouver, Canada, making Vancouver the first destination for the airline in Canada.

Starting 25th November 2022, Fiji Airways will operate 2-flights-a-week between Nadi Airport and Vancouver International Airport with the following schedule:

  • Nadi-Vancouver
  • Departure time: 22:15
  • Arrival time: 13:20
  • Flight time: 11 hours and 5 minutes
  • Flight number: FJ880
  • Frequency: Mondays and Fridays
  • Vancouver-Nadi
  • Departure time: 21:40
  • Arrival time: 05:30 (+2 days)
  • Flight time: 11 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: FJ881
  • Frequency: Mondays and Fridays

These flights will be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft featuring 24 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 249 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Fiji Airways, says that the airline is introducing this new route and a new market because of the company’s strong rebound since borders opened on 1st December 2021.

He said:

This is a very exciting development as we continue to explore ways to maximize returns not just for Fiji Airways but for the tourism industry and the Fijian economy. Canada represents a new market with immense potential for tourism, trade and of course reconnecting Fijian families. The Fijian diaspora in Canada is approximately 80,000 people who have not been able to see their loved ones for two years and are eager to fly home. Fiji Airways now provides them with a more convenient means to do just that.

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He also says that the flag carrier of Fiji is also “strategising for the long-term with a robust business model that ensures that Fiji Airways is able to meet future challenges and continue to bring in revenue”.

He added:

Returning to the skies doesn’t just mean resuming existing routes. If we are to strengthen ourselves and grow as a business, we must invest in new markets and solidify our networks. Vancouver was the ideal choice for us. Our new route is strategically timed to offer Canadians an escape from the cold winter to a beautiful Fijian paradise, promising warm tropical weather, world class hospitality by our tourism sector, excellent in-flight service with our cabin crew and a comfortable modern fleet of aircraft.

Fiji Airways will be leading a trade delegation on a promotional flight to Vancouver on the gth of August to engage with industry experts and its partners in Canada. Passengers in Vancouver will also be able to book flights direct to Nadi on this one-off promotional flight and return either via Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Passengers travelling on flights from Vancouver can choose to fly to the airline’s 4 major destinations in Australia and three major destinations in New Zealand, at no extra cost.

Additional benefits such as the My Bubble and My Island seating arrangements allow passengers to purchase an extra seat or row respectively in economy for extra space and comfort. My Island comes with a mattress topper, Business class pillow, additional blanket and seat belt extension.

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