The airline was established and started operations in 1951. It was founded by Australian aviator Harold Gatty. Prior to 1971 the company operated as Fiji Airways. Air Pacific began service to the USA in 1983. Except for 2001, the airline has been profitable for every year from 1995 to 2004. Over 500,000 passengers were carried in 2004. The airline was responsible for starting the first ever scheduled international services to the capital of Australia, Canberra. While the service operated twice weekly for a number of months it is now suspended.
Air Pacific is owned by the Fiji Government (51%), Qantas (46.32%). Air New Zealand and the governments of Kiribati, Tonga, Nauru and Samoa each hold minor stakes. It employs 771 people (at March 2007).
|Air Pacific destinations|
|Fiji||Nadi||Nadi International Airport||Main Hub|
|Suva||Nausori International Airport||Secondary hub|
|Japan||Tokyo||Narita International Airport|
|Canada||Vancouver||Vancouver International Airport||Service ends November 28|
|United States||Honolulu||Honolulu International Airport|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles International Airport|
|Kiribati||Kiritimati||Cassidy International Airport|
|Tarawa||Bonriki International Airport|
|New Zealand||Auckland||Auckland International Airport|
|Christchurch||Christchurch International Airport|
|Samoa||Apia||Faleolo International Airport|
|Solomon Islands||Honiara||Honiara International Airport|
|Tonga||Nukualofa||Fuaamotu International Airport|
|Tuvalu||Funafuti||Funafuti International Airport|
|Vanuatu||Port Vila||Bauerfield International Airport|
(Tabua (Business) Class/Pacific Voyager)
|Britten-Norman Islander||3||9||Intra-Fijian routes||Operated by Pacific Sun|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||3||14||Intra-Fijian routes||Operated by Pacific Sun|
|ATR42-500||2||44||Intra-Fijian routes, Vanuatu, Tonga||Operated by Pacific Sun|
|Boeing 737-700||1||112 (12/100)||Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Honolulu|
|Boeing 737-800||2||162 (8/154)||Vancouver/Honolulu, Australia,|
New Zealand, Pacific Islands
|Boeing 767-300ER||1||256 (18/238)||Tokyo, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland||Replacement Aircraft Boeing 787-9|
|Boeing 747-400||2||458 (28/430)||Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland||Being Bought from Singapore Airlines When lease Expires In 2009.|
|Boeing 787-9||(8 orders)||For delivery in 2011&2016|
Air Pacific have recently expanded into the Fiji domestic market with the recent takeover of Sun Air. Rebranded as Pacific Sun, the takeover acquired 6 original Sun Air aircraft as well as the addition of 2 ATR42-500 purchased from Air Mauritius in mid 2006.
There has been a mass exodus of local pilots from Air Pacific to airlines in the Middle East, Australia and also Asia. The pilots association has credited the pilot exodus to a gap in working conditions between locals and expatriates.
Air Pacific announced an after tax profit of FJ$25 million (US$17 million) for the financial year of 2007. The after tax profit for the previous financial year was only FJ$17,000 (US$11,500).