Air Pacific today dodged questions from Fiji Village about the multi-million dollar deal for the new A330-200 planes but jacked up glossy coverage outside of the country to get maximum publicity.
The first of the three new new planes flew in from Hong Kong yesterday sparking questions about how they'll be paid.
Pflieger sidestepped them all saying it wasn't about how but why, and that Fiji Airways will be able to pay off the loans. http://www.fijivillage.com/?
To the outside world, including a story on a travel website http://au.totaltravel.yahoo.com/news-opinions/news/a/-/16398972/fiji-airways-unveils-new-airbus-a330-200/, the departing CEO was much more forthcoming.
We learn from that story that he secured finance for three planes from 'KfW IPEX-Bank and Helaba for the aircraft has been guaranteed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department of the British Government with reinsurance being provided by other European Credit Agencies Coface of France and Euler Hermes of Germany.'
Pflieger gushes his thanks to supporters but doesn't say he and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum siphoned the pensioners fund for their Mile High shopping spree.
“There are so many people we owe thanks to for their support in this journey—the government, our financial partners, our shareholders and Board, manufacturers, and many others.
"Without their faith in the airline’s bright future, this milestone would not be possible.
“Most importantly, we owe an enormous thanks to our nearly 900 employees whose efforts have caused our airline to be recognized among the finest in the world. They share this airplane with the people of Fiji.”
The same story tells us that as part of the stopover in Hong Kong two days ago, Air Pacific announced a partnership with the Ben Kende Foundation, a Hong Kong-based non-profit organization, and the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions, which includes Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, to carry essential sports medical supplies from Hong Kong to Fiji.
Ever the good guy, Pflieger is quoted as saying “Enhancing the quality of life of all Fijians extends beyond our flights to cities around the world and stretches to Fijian communities right here at home."
The full list of those who were on the inaugural flight is not known but included the illegal president Epeli Nailatikau, Pflieger, MD & CEO, and executives from Air Pacific, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Panasonic.
The second Airbus will arrive in May and will be named Namuka-i-Lau, after Makereta Matemosi who designed the logo for Fiji Airways. This first one has been dubbed The Taveuni.