Air Pacific Group which is operating as Fiji Airways has reported an after tax profit of $14.5 million for the nine month period ended 31st December 2013 compared to $17.8 million from the preceding 12 month period.
The nine month performance was driven by an increase in passenger numbers by 2.5 percent with an additional revenue of 1 percent.
Chairman Nalin Patel said 2013 was a major transition year for Fiji Airways.
He said they rebranded to Fiji Airways and changed over from B747 aircrafts to A330 wide-body aircrafts.
Patel said this transition alone accounted for more than $14 million one-time transition expenses in the financial year of 2013.
He also revealed that their finance costs increased by $33.6 million as new aircrafts were added to the Fiji Airways fleet.
Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Stefan Pichler said the recently approved five year master plan sets the foundation for sustainable and profitable growth between now and the end of 2017.
Pichler said they will make sure that their staff, stakeholders and customers will all benefit from the success of Fiji Airways.
He also personally thanked every single one of their 1,009 team members as Fiji Airways looks forward to exciting times.
Wonderful news, can the Fiji Pensioners please have their pension money back now Frank ?
A handicap that you gave yourself, by giving one individual too much power, the handicap of the resulting lack of transparency, cronyism and corruption. It is all around you Frank, you MUST be able to see it.
Those that want you to continue in power are appalled that you ignore it. Those that want to replace you are rubbing their hands in glee.
There is no doubt that you will get many supporters willing to sign when your Blue Bus travels the country, but on polling day Frank it could well be a different story unless you put your own house in order.
You created these problems Frank and there are still a great many people who are waiting to see if you are big enough to sort it out.
Time to stop listening to bullshit Frank, time to sit down with the men you trusted in 2006 (some of who you have discarded) and listen to what they have to say, chances are you might not like to hear it, but it could help you win the forthcoming election.
Everyone now knows who is presently making all the rules in Fiji Frank, and it is not you.
I’m 83. Except for brief period in the 50s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years.
I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honour”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offence;
of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand, UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight It off?
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught.
I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20s be-deck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in.
There is no way this will be widely publicised, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.
If you don’t forward this you are part of the problem”.
Editor, let’s be quite clear about this new Party; ‘Fiji First’ is the name of the political party that was registered under the 1997 Constitution and has 20 or so founding members. The leader of the Party is Anit Singh.
The Party was founded as a result of human rights violations inflicted upon the people of Muaniweni in 2000 after Speight’s takeover of government. Even the police and military failed the Muaniweni people by refusing to protect them. Instead they were rescued and protected at the Sanatan Dharam school in Lautoka by a group of outraged Fiji people calling themselves the ‘Fiji Human Rights Group’ ( and not to be confused with ‘Fiji Human Rights Group NZ Inc’ which was a NZ off-shoot much later for the purpose of raising funds).
Anyone searching the Fiji media archives on the relevant dates (June-August 2000) will know who these individuals, taking up a protective champion role for the Muaniweni people, were. The Muaniweni people, led by the Fiji Human Rights Group and the Fiji Human Rights Commission in June 2000, took their human rights violations to court under the name of ‘Chandrika Prasad v the Republic of Fiji’ and won it in the High Court and in 2001 in the Court of Appeal. This case brought the 1997 Constitution back and restored it to the people of Fiji.
Eventually this process led to the founding of the ‘Fiji First Party’ with two of the original Fiji Human Rights Group in it as founding members.
Bainimarama has taken advantage of the fact that the leader of the Fiji First Party, Anit Singh, chose not to engage in the up-coming election under dubious decrees and a Constitution whose legitimacy is in question. The fact that Bainimarama took (Fiji First would say ‘stole’) the Fiji First name belonging to a marginalised human rights victim group in Muaniweni is a reprehensible and disgusting act, similar to his government breaching the contractual rights of FNPF pensioners.
But can we expect anything else from such a person who surrounds himself with the incompetent and vindictive legal advisers he has? Shame on Bainimarama for not recognising that the lack of integrity of his advisers now reflects badly on him. People expected such great things from him in 2007.
It is a joke, some would say a sick joke.
An article by Prof. Wadan Narsey at the following link explains it very simply and in detail. Aspiring Independent candidates and small parties would be well advised to study it prior to formulating a campaigning plan.
Extract: Look into the eyes of any child in Fiji today and ask yourself – am i doing enough to ensure that this child will grow up in a Fiji that is stable, secure and prosperous? A Fiji that has no more coups to deter investment? A Fiji that devotes its national budget to better schools, hospitals and other public services and utilities over military spending? I am proud to say ladies and gentlemen that if the National Federation Party were to ask itself those questions – it can hold its head up high and say that it has done very much to ensuring a stable, secure and prosperous Fiji by consistently opposing all military coups in this country.
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