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Jun 4, 2024

Fiji Airways joins One World

Sharon Petersen

Oneworld, the world’s leading airline alliance, has announced that Fiji Airways will become its 15th full member airline.

Fiji Airways, the flag carrier of Fiji and the South Pacific, has been a valued oneworld connect partner for the past five years.

During this time, the airline has built strong relationships with all oneworld member airlines, facilitating a seamless transition to full membership.

The transition process will begin immediately and is expected to be completed within the next 12 months.

Nat Pieper, oneworld CEO, said: “It’s a very warm bula, or hello, to Fiji Airways as we welcome them as our 15th full member airline in the oneworld alliance.

“Fiji Airways is already part of the oneworld family, as we have had a highly successful relationship since the airline joined as a oneworld connect partner five years ago,” he said adding, “With its tremendous growth, award-winning product and services, and acceleration of connections with all oneworld member airlines, Fiji Airways will strengthen our position as the premier airline alliance for international global travelers.”

Andre Viljoen, the Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways says, “I am extremely proud to announce our full membership in the award-winning oneworld alliance, marking a significant step in our commitment to providing unparalleled service and connectivity.

“As a full member airline, we are excited to enhance the travel experience for oneworld alliance frequent flyers, offering greater accessibility to Fiji and the South Pacific, and ensuring seamless connections and memorable journeys for Fiji Airways customers across the alliance network.,” he added.

Fiji Airways, with its hub at Nadi International Airport, serves 26 destinations in 15 countries and territories globally, including oneworld hubs at Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.

Fiji Link, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiji Airways, will become an affiliate airline of oneworld, extending the alliance’s network further with its domestic flights to Suva, Nadi, Labasa, Taveuni, and Kadavu, as well as regional flights to the Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Fiji Airways recently reported record annual profits and revenues for 2023, with 2.2 million passengers carried on its flights, offering 2.8 million seats. With unprecedented growth, increased capacity, and fleet enhancement with new state-of-the-art Airbus A350 aircraft, Fiji Airways is well-positioned to continue its expansion as a full oneworld member airline, offering even more flights and new routes in response to growing customer demand.

As a full oneworld member airline, Fiji Airways will provide oneworld Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby customers with a comprehensive suite of oneworld benefits, including earning and redeeming miles, earning status points, priority check-in and boarding, and lounge access.

Similarly, Fiji Airways’ top-tier customers will gain access to all oneworld priority benefits, including a network of nearly 700 business and First class lounges globally, as well as newly opened oneworld branded lounges at Amsterdam’s Schiphol and Seoul’s Incheon Airports.

Fiji Airways, which commenced operations on September 1, 1951, now has a fleet of 21 aircraft, including Airbus A350s, Airbus A330s, and Boeing 737s.

At the 2023 Skytrax Awards, Fiji Airways won the Best Airline, Best Airline Staff, and Best Airline Services in Australia & the Pacific categories; ranked 15th in the Global Top 100 Airline Rankings; 12th in the Global Top 20 Cabin Crew Rankings; and 16th in the Global Top Cleanest Airline Rankings.

The year 2024 marks the Silver Jubilee anniversary of the oneworld alliance, which was founded in 1999 by American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas.

Later, Oman Air, Alaska Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, and SriLankan Airlines.

(In AirlinesRatings)