Say Good-bye to Air Pacific and 'Bula' to Fiji Airways
As it goes in commercial aviation, sometimes an airline decides to switch things up; so it as in May, when Air Pacific decided to return to their roots and rename the entire airline. After an ownership shift to a majority-managed airline, the Fiji-based carrier will be known as Fiji Airways within the next 18 months. This is not exactly a new name either, since from 1951 to 1970 "Fiji Airways" was the national carrier.
Expected to be fully transitioned to the new/old name, Fiji Airways aim to position themselves as a leader in the Pacific Ocean region for both short-haul and long-haul flights. The former brightly colored planes will be repainted to epitomize the traditional Fijian symbol, the art called Masi, as greatly as possible.
Not only do the planes get new paint jobs and the airports new signage, but the airline is expected to take delivery of shiny new Airbus A330s during rebranding. With these three new babies and an overhaul on the service and product offering for passengers, Fiji Airways is hoping to take your ticket money for trips to the island nation.
If you are busting to see the fully repainted livery, you have to wait a bit more. The rebranded look will be revealed October 10 to coincide with Fiji's independence day. We can't think of a better way to (re)launch a national carrier, but will miss the colors of the tropics.
[Photo: Air Pacific/Fiji Airways]