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Fiji Airways appoints new CEO

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 23, 2015

A Fiji Airways Airbus A330-200. (Airbus)
A Fiji Airways Airbus A330-200. (Airbus)

Current Air Mauritius chief executive Andre Viljoen has been appointed as the new boss of Fiji Airways.

Viljoen, who has been in charge at Air Mauritius since 2010 and has three decades’ experience in the airline and tourism industries, will commence in his new role by October 2015, Fiji Airways said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I am very excited to be joining Fiji Airways, the leading airline in the South Pacific, and will continue to build on its strong brand and lead its dedicated team to even greater heights,” Viljoen said.

The Fiji government, which is the airline’s major shareholder, welcomed the appointment of a new chief executive to replace Stefan Pichler, who left to become Airberlin’s chief executive in February.

“Andre has big shoes to fill in replacing Stefan Pichler – who produced a record financial result for Fiji Airways last year – but this is an outstanding choice and we look forward, under his leadership, to expanding the airline’s footprint into other international hubs,” Fiji Attorney-General and Minister for Public Enterprises Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.

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