Fiji Airways acting CEO and CCO Aubrey Swift, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (08-Aug-2013) “2013 is very much a transition year for us,” adding the carrier has “realigned our brand with the destination” of Fiji. Mr Swift said the carrier’s re-fleeting is not only about having more fuel efficient, newer aircraft, but really about “having the right size [of aircraft] in the market.”
Fiji Airways CEO: 'We've realigned our brand with the destination of Fiji'
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