September 1, 2016 4:30 pm

Fiji Airways announces two new community initiatives

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen announced two new initiatives designed for the community during the organization’s 65th anniversary at the Fiji Airways Head Office in Nasoso, Nadi today. Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the celebrations signified a new chapter for Fiji with its very own piece of Civil Aviation history  being […]

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen announced two new initiatives designed for the community during the organization’s 65th anniversary at the Fiji Airways Head Office in Nasoso, Nadi today.

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A Fiji Airways plane. (Newswire)

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the celebrations signified a new chapter for Fiji with its very own piece of Civil Aviation history  being born.

VILJOEN: “The First (initiative) is under our Fiji Airways Wings of Hope Charity. Wings of Hope is primarily funded through the onboard Cash for Kids programme that we have along with contribution from the Company and staff. The primary beneficiary for any Wings of Hope project must be children.”

“The second initiative that I’d like to announce, is about conservation and protection of Fiji’s pristine environment. Substantial carbon emissions are a reality in our business. While we continue to get aircraft which are more fuel efficient and reduce our carbon footprint, we can always do more.”

He said the first initiative (Wings of Hope) under the ambit of the Government’s Adopt-A-School Programme, will adopt South Taveuni Primary School and the South Taveuni Secondary School mainly to assist them in their rebuilding efforts after Tropical Cyclone Winston and also due to the fact that they are an integral part of the community on Taveuni, which is a key Domestic route served by Fiji Link.

VILJOEN: “In addition to our ongoing work with the Mamanuca Environment Society… I’d like to announce another green initiative by Fiji Airways:Fiji Airways will plant one tree for every single international take-off from Nadi International Airport by our aircraft. This will amount to more than 3,000 trees planted in a year (Project will be known as our ‘Every Take Off One Tree.”

Mr Viljoen said consultations would be conducted with environment groups and the Government specifically targeting for these trees to be planted all over Fiji.

Meanwhile in light of Fiji Airways 65th-anniversary celebrations credited  its success to the support and guidance of the Government, the committed and dedicated employees and the passion, support and the pride of the Fijian people.

VILJOEN: “National Airlines are rare these days. Very few have survived. We should all be proud that Fiji Airways is still flying today, 65 years on.We were around in 1956 when Fiji first participated at the Olympics. And we stand here proudly today as Fiji celebrates its first ever Olympic medal, with some of the heroes who were part of that golden victory.”

“A flight that is 65 years-long doesn’t come without its fair share of turbulence. But given that we are here today, on September 1st 2016, we can proudly say we’ve weathered the most challenging storms which have come our way  natural or otherwise.”

The Laughing Samoans Duo Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea’i  and   National 7s Coach Ben Ryan also joined the celebrations.