The naming of a Fiji Airways Airbus A300 as the Island of Beqa will be an opportunity for the airline to highlight the special qualities and attractions with people around the world. Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments to elders and people of Beqa and guests, who were at the Fiji Airways hangar at Nadi International Airport, to witness the naming ceremony for the aircraft.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was a proud moment for the people of Beqa and he wanted every place in Fiji to have an association with the company because this was Fiji’s pride and joy. Fiji Airways has made a seismic movement from where it was six-seven years ago, resulting in a much bigger footprint for the airline.Fiji Airways flies to every continent in the Pacific Rim, except South America.Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had suggested the name after being asked by Fiji Airways. He said it should be understood that a company like Fiji Airways was at the forefront of marketing Fiji.
“This is the only company from Fiji that people will see in other cities,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. He said it was a huge achievement to have an aircraft on the ground in many major cities around the world.“This can only be achieved by being strict in the manner in which you run your company – about being disciplined and having a vision,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. “Today we are planning to lease wide-bodied aircraft such as A350s and 787s that have a longer reach and fly to other destinations to bring more people here. “We need to ensure that as an island nation, with the bulk of the people that come and visit us, that our national carrier is always up and running.“It must be protected, otherwise it would be left to the policies of other companies.”