Fiji Airways Opens a Year-Round, Non-Stop Route Between Nadi and Vancouver
On November 25 Fiji Airways inaugurated its non-stop flights between Nadi (NAN) and Vancouver (YVR), services will be available throughout the year. The airline is the only carrier to connect Fiji to Canada. Flight FJ 880, operated on an Airbus A330 registered DQ-FJT, took off from Nadi International Airport (NAN) and landed at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) after 10 hours and 37 minutes.
According to data obtained through Cirium, Fiji Airways will offer 7,728 weekly seats between Fiji and the United States and Canada in December, a 28.8 percent increase when compared to pre-pandemic levels.
With the start of non-stop operations to Nadi (NAN), it becomes the fourth South Pacific destination served from Vancouver (YVR), the Canadian airport serves Sydney (SYD) and Brisbane (BNE) in Australia and Auckland (AKL) in New Zealand (AKL).
“We are delighted to welcome Fiji Airways to YVR and are proud that Vancouver will be the airline’s first Canadian destination in its growing network,” said Mike McNaney, Vice President and Head of External Affairs for the Vancouver Airport Authority.
Vancouver – Nadi Flight FJ 880 NAN 22:15 – YVR 13:20 Monday and Friday.
Nadi – Vancouver Flight FJ 881 YVR 21:40 – NAN 05:30+2 Monday and Friday.
The route will be operated on Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a capacity of 273 seats in two classes (24 Business Class/249 Economy). This service will also provide additional cargo capacity to increase trade between Fiji and Canada, as well as with other Pacific Island nations seeking new business opportunities.
Fiji Airways’ new operation in Canada will produce approximately $7.5 million in combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with $12.2 million in tourism and the creation of 86 jobs in Vancouver and British Columbia’s hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
“With Canada well into winter and travelers eager for a warm tropical paradise, the timing of our new route couldn’t be better. There is no choice but Fiji. You don’t have to take my word for it, you’ll be convinced as soon as you step on board,” said Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways’ managing director and CEO.
Fiji Airways schedule between Nadi (NAN) and the United States – Canada
(Source: Cirium, subject to change)
Honolulu (HNL): one weekly flight on Boeing 737 MAX 8.
Los Angeles (LAX): daily flights on Airbus A350-900.
San Francisco (SFO): three weekly flights on Airbus A330-200.
Vancouver (YVR): two weekly flights on Airbus A330-200.
This article was originally published by Rainer Nieves Dolande on Aviacionline in syndication with AirlineGeeks.