Fiji Airways celebrates 70 years flying from paradise

We can’t wait to get on board again.

It was 70 years ago on the 1 Sep 1951 that Fiji Airways flew its first-ever flight on a 7-seater De Havilland Dragon Rapide, from Fiji’s Luvuluvu airstrip (Nausori) to Drasa Airport (near Lautoka).


From the bumpy one-hour Dragon Rapide flight 70 years ago to operating 20 jet and turbo-prop aircraft today, Fiji Airways has grown into an international airline with an extended network to 108 destinations globally.


FJ has since been the most connected airline in the region throughout its history, linking to more Pacific Island countries than any other carrier.


Prior to the pandemic, the airline flew directly to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, and regionally to Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu.


Add to that its wider network through its oneworld and bilateral partner airlines and it increased the airline’s reach to 108 destinations worldwide.


Thankfully, it won’t be long now before Fiji Airways can take to the skies once more.

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