Lounge to also welcome all Fiji Airways National Teams departing Nadi. Photo: FIJI AIRWAYS.
February 22, 2018. Fiji Airways’ subsidiary Fiji Link yesterday opened its brand new VIP Lounge at Nadi Airport. Called ‘The Flying Fijian Club’, the Lounge was officially opened by Fiji Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen, with members of the Fiji Airways National 7s Team as the Lounge’s first guests. The Flying Fijian Club is a by-invitation-only lounge dedicated Fiji Link’s VIP guests and all Fijian national rugby sponsored by the Fiji Airways Group.
Speaking at the official opening, Mr. Viljoen said the Group was making significant customer service enhancements to guests of both airlines. “We recently opened our brand new Fiji Airways Premier Lounge for VIP guests travelling internationally, and our team worked hard in parallel to complete The Flying Fijian Club for our VIP domestic guests.”
“Fiji Link is a critical part of our network and has been a key customer experience focus area for the Fiji Airways Group. We are now operating two brand new VIKING DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft which complement our young ATR fleet. Two more brand new Twin Otters will arrive this year to give our domestic guests the most comfortable and reliable aircraft flying in Fiji. In addition to investments in the fleet, we now offer even more value to Fiji Link’s VIP customers with an exclusive lounge to relax or work before their domestic flight. And by extending the guest list to include all Fiji Airways national rugby teams, we’re demonstrating our commitment to Fiji Rugby.”
The Flying Fijian Club incorporates a sports bar theme and caters for up to 40 guests. The Club offers wifi, beverages, a workstation, TV and a meeting room. The most striking feature of the Flying Fijian Club is the unique collection of sporting memorabilia which adorns the walls. These include autographed rugby jerseys from various Fijian rugby teams over the years as well as an autographed jersey from the 2017 Super Rugby Champions – the BNZ Crusaders There are various other autographed sporting artefacts from athletes like Roy Krishna and Jarryd Hayne.
Gareth Baber, Fiji Airways National 7s Coach thanked the airline for this proactive initiative on behalf of Fiji Rugby and all national teams. “When people do things like this for you, it gives us a huge boost. We always now that when we get a good experience, it becomes part of our process. And that part of the process, which takes a bit of pain away when we’re travelling as much as we do, is phenomenal for us in terms of being able to up our performance level.”
Fijian National Teams who are invited to the Lounge include the Fiji Airways 7s Team, the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s, the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians (15s), the Fiji Airways Women’s 15s team, and the Fiji Airways Drua. The Flying Fijian Club is located ‘landside’ at the Nadi Airport International Departure Terminal with easy access from the Domestic Terminal.