Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Qantas irks partner Fiji Airways with 'aggressive' move

Fiji Airways has taken aim at Qantas, and now views the two long time partners as fierce commercial competitors.

Qantas is a major shareholder and established partner of Fiji Airways but this year announced it would start its own services to Fiji in direct competition.

Fiji Airways officials have raised their concerns with Qantas about the move but without success, according to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljeon says Qantas' aggressive move puts their commercial partnership in doubt.

"It is certainly alarming when your major shareholder and long-standing commercial partner all of a sudden becomes your major competitor," Viljoen said.

"This partnership has been a win-win for both parties, so you can imagine our surprise when Qantas announced, in January this year, that it would be commencing its own services to Fiji in competition with Fiji Airways."

Viljoen also says it's not a very smart move by Qantas as it may struggle to make it profitable as the Australia market to Fiji is declining.

According to Qantas more than 365,000 Australians travel to Fiji each year.

The issue was also raised by Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama with Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.

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  • Fiji air cutbacks

    just noticed that Fiji air, who were going to fly their new A350s 6 days a week Fiji/LAX are now only doing it 4 days a week. The daily flight is operated other days by smaller A330s. This must represent a reduction in seats up to 60 on the days the A330s are operating.

    By Michael Anderson, Friday, October 4, 2019

  • the real question is

    why is Fiji so expensive ? Wages in Fiji are very low. OK when on tribal land, resorts have to employ many of the tribe, with sometimes very little to do, but some of the 5 star resorts seem over the top pricewise. Yes the govt taxes a lot & Fiji departure tax of FJD$200/adult (about AUD$135/USD$92) is a lot, but Fiji is not the cheap holiday destination it used to be.

    By Michael Anderson, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

  • the Australian market to everywhere

    is declining. It's called a recession & airlines have to cut back everywhere. Catch is, you can't send 1/2 a widebody long haul aircraft. If flights go less than 1 a day you start to lose the high paying business traveller.

    By Michael Anderson, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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