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Newcomer gains routes of defunct Air Fiji

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, August 18, 2009) – Domestic airline, Pacific Sun continues to soar into new heights in Fiji after the grounding of Air Fiji early this year.

Pacific Sun will soon expand its fleet by buying two new aircraft from abroad to service Rotuma and Vanuabalavu.

The airline has been granted approval by the Fiji Government to fly to the two islands after the routes were serviced by Air Fiji which stopped its operations in April.

Pacific Sun General Manager Manoa Kamikamica said they had been deferring services to the new routes because they do not have sufficient number of aircrafts.

"We have been given the license to service these two routes but we do not have many aircrafts to cater for the new routes," Mr. Kamikamica said.

"The demand is high, we have expanded our market and we are working on purchasing new aircrafts and hope to get them soon," he said.

Kamikamica said they would not be buying Air Fiji aircrafts, instead they will shop abroad.

"We also hope to expand our services to other routes once serviced by Air Fiji. We wish to provide the best services to our customers," he added.

Pacific Sun had acquired the services of more than 20 of the 170 Air Fiji workers who were made redundant after Air Fiji closed down.

"Six are engineers and the rest are pilots," he said.

Kamikamica added they would be employing more workers when they get in new aircrafts adding that there are hopes for approval for service to more other destinations.

Pacific Sun also flies twice a week to Tuvalu under its parent company Air Pacific.

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