PRIME MINISTER COMMENDS NATIONAL AIRLINE FOR SPEARHEADING LABOUR REFORMS

CAPTION: Air Pacific staff members and invited guests offer traditional welcome to Prime Minister Bainimarama during the arrival of the second A330 Airbus. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

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The hard work undertaken by staff at Fiji?s national airline, Air Pacific, did not go unnoticed today when they received the second A330 aircraft at the Air Pacific hangar in Nadi yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama paid tribute to the hard work undertaken by the staff and management over recent years to ?reverse the airline?s fortunes?.

?There?s a new spirit in the airline as workers begin to share in the profits that are flowing from its better performance. It is spearheading the labour reforms that my Government wants in the interests of all Fijians. Far from reducing workers? rights ? as some claim ? we are empowering them by giving them a financial stake in the airline?s success. A stake in the future,? PM Bainimarama said.

The Prime Minister expressed his confidence in further success when the airline officially becomes Fiji Airways on the 26th?of June.

?The new branding will be unveiled across its network, cabin staff will begin wearing their new uniforms and higher standards of in-flight services will be introduced,? the Prime Minister said.

?When that happens, Fiji Airways will really begin to soar ? confident, competitive and eager to find new routes and opportunities.?

MINFO