Fiji Airways heading to Adelaide

Fiji Airways plans to operate Boeing 737-800s to Adelaide. (Fiji Airways)
Fiji Airways plans to operate Boeing 737-800s to Adelaide. (Fiji Airways)

South Australians will have a new one-stop option to the United States from June 2017 when Fiji Airways begins twice weekly flights between Nadi and Adelaide.

The route will be flown using Boeing 737-800s, with the inaugural service due to take off on June 30 2017, Fiji Airways said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition to being the only airline offering nonstop flights between Adelaide and Nadi, Fiji Airways is also hoping the new route will help support its year-round flights to Los Angeles and seasonal schedule to San Francisco.

“We’re delighted to launch our fourth Australian route, which will allow us to bring our unique Fijian hospitality to South Australia and will provide an alternative route to the United States via Nadi,” Fiji Airways chief executive Andre Viljoen said.

While Adelaide will be served with 737-800s configured with eight business and 156 economy class seats for a total of 164, Fiji Airways operates to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with a mixture of 737-800 and Airbus A330 equipment.

Currently, South Australians heading to the United States can fly one-stop through Australia’s east coast capitals, Auckland or Asian points such as Hong Kong.

Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said he believed the route would be well supported.

“Fiji has always been a hugely popular destination with South Australian travellers, and Fiji Airways’ new link will make it even more attractive,” Young said.

“South Australia’s strong Fijian community will also benefit from a direct link with Nadi bringing them closer to their family and friends.”

While Fiji Airways is majority government owned, Qantas holds 46 per cent of the airline, while Air New Zealand has about two per cent. The governments of Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa and Nauru also each have a small stake in the airline formerly known as Air Pacific.

The upcoming Nadi flights comes on top of new international service to Adelaide in 2016 from Qatar Airways (Doha) and China Southern (Guangzhou).

Flight Number/Routing
Days of operation
Time of departure
Time of arrival

FJ961 Nadi-Adelaide

Monday, Friday

1630

2030

FJ960 Adelaide-Nadi

Monday, Friday

2200

0535+1

 

Comments

  1. Christopher says

    Brilliant! And I just mentioned this in another thread here a few days ago. Looks like FJ and ADL sure got their act together pronto after reading it 🙂

  2. Will says

    Surely now with all these new international and domestic airlines that have started new or resumed services, in 2017 Adelaide Airport should finally be able to break 8 million passengers.

  3. random says

    What are the connection times in Nadi, and what is the second-leg aircraft if people choose this for US West Coast routing?

  4. Craigy says

    Looking at Fiji Airways schedule, it would require a long stopover in Nadi to make a connection to LAX and ADL on the return trip. Don’t see many taking the LAX option unless they planned on a few days in Fiji as part of the trip

  5. Rhino says

    Jetstar failed with ADL – AKL and this will too unless schedules are re-timed to coincide with convenient connections to other flights.

  6. anil kattula says

    Two flights per week with a 737 is an excellent way of setting up this route. Probably won’t get too many connecting to USA but the option is there in both business and economy with Fiji stopover. Combine business and pleasure! Have they considered returning to Canberra. Maybe Nadi -Canberra – Adelaide – Canberra – Nadi once or twice a week on top of nonstop.. Hope they do well on a route our own airlines can’t be bothered with!

  7. Ben says

    @anil FJ won’t do CBR-ADL-CBR tag flights, as they can’t pick up domestic only load due cabotage laws. This would make such a tag flight un-viable. Same reason UA got out of SYD-MEL-SYD once they moved to the 787.

    However VA or QF COULD do such a route.