V Australia, Continental Airlines Begin Fiji Flights

The Pacific island nation of Fiji has received a boost in its air links to Australia and the USA. Nadi International Airport has welcomed 2 new carriers to the country with V Australia beginning flights from Sydney and Continental Airlines flying from Honolulu and Guam.


V Australia

Australian carrier V Australia celebrated the commencement of flights from its hub in Sydney to Fiji yesterday. Flight VA 027 departed Kingsford Smith International Airport at 0850 hrs with a full guest load, including the airline’s Executive General Manager, Scott Swift, who hosted the inaugural flight onboard, members of the media and VIPs.


The airline’s daily service adds an additional 181 seats a day on the route, which is popular with Australian travellers and complements existing flights from Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne by sister airline Pacific Blue. International travellers from North America will also be able to travel to Fiji with V Australia offering convenient connections at Sydney.


Operated with V Australia’s state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER jet, flight VA 027 departs Sydney at 0810 hrs and arrives in Nadi at 1420 hrs. The return flight, VA 028, takes off from Nadi International Airport at 1555 hrs, landing back in Kingsford Smith International Airport at 1820 hrs.


Nadi is the third international destination for V Australia, after Los Angeles and Phuket. For more information, visit www.vaustralia.com.au.


Continental Airlines

Houston-based Continental Airlines began flights to Nadi from Honolulu and its hub in Guam. The inaugural flights, CO 955 and CO 948, departed Honolulu International Airport at 1903 hrs and A. B. Won Pat International Airport at 2314 hrs respectively, arriving in the evening at Nadi International Airport.


Continental has timed both flights to allow convenient connections with its services to and from North America, Japan and Micronesia. Both flights are operated by its affiliate Continental Micronesia with a 2-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 14 First and 141 Economy Class seats.


From Honolulu, flight CO 955 takes off at 1855 hrs on Mondays and Fridays, crossing the international dateline and landing in Nadi at 0040 hrs 2 days later. The return flight, CO 950, departs Nadi at 0950 hrs on Tuesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Honolulu at 1725 hrs the previous day.


Operating on Mondays and Fridays as well, flight CO 948 departs Guam at 2255 hrs and arrives in Nadi at 0830 hrs the next morning. On the return leg, flight CO 949 takes off from Nadi International Airport at 0140 hrs, landing in Guam at 0510 hrs.


Fiji becomes the latest destination in Continental Airlines’ extensive network across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The airline, a recent member of the Star Alliance airline grouping, joins fellow member Air New Zealand in serving the destination and linking it with North America. For more information, visit www.continental.com.

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