|COSTLY OUTLAY: Three new air buses on the way, paid in part with FNPF funds.|
In justifying the ambitious purchase, he said the Airbuses burn 45 per cent less fuel than jumbo jets, are equipped with the latest cabin seats and excellent in-flight entertainment systems and 30 per cent more cargo room.
All in all: "The new aircrafts will dramatically improve the appeal and effectiveness of Fiji’s national carrier in achieving its goal of becoming the airline of choice in the South Pacific."
Pflieger's el patron, the illegal attorney general and the Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, piped up to say the purchase demonstrates to the the world Fiji and Fijians can think outside the box.
But Air Pacific’s trumpeting about purchasing wide body aircraft for the first time is misplaced. Pflieger has a very short memory: his predecessor, John Campbell, ordered EIGHT brand new B777 wide body airplanes only to be shot down by Pflieger on the advice of his consultants.
Also of concern is this: it seems the European Union has been working behind the scenes to ensure Air Pacific obtained the Airbus aircrafts, with Euro concerns lending the $1.6 billion remainder needed to acquire the aircrafts.
|Pflieger spins another yarn|
In fact, they were prepared for it. But what they were not prepared for was the extent of it and the fact that the country’s oldest newspaper would splash the effects their new flight schedule would have on exporters on the front page on three occasions.
|FLOP GUNS: Flying high with taxpayer's money ... Khaiyum and Pflieger with spin doctor Shane Hussein.|