Fiji Airways began nonstop service between Nadi (NAN) and Vancouver (YVR) on November 25. The service will run all year round.
Airbus A330 operating flight FJ 880, with registration DQ-FJT, departed from Nadi International Airport (NAN) and arrived at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) after a 10-hour, 37-minute flight.
In December, Fiji Airways would provide 7,728 weekly seats between Fiji and the US and Canada, a 28.8% increase above pre-pandemic levels.
With the launch of nonstop service to Nadi (NAN), Vancouver (YVR), the Canadian airport serves Auckland (AKL) in New Zealand, Sydney (SYD), and Brisbane (BNE) in Australia as well as the fourth South Pacific destination (AKL).
“We are delighted to welcome Fiji Airways to YVR and are proud that Vancouver will be the airline’s first Canadian destination in its growing network,” said Mike McNaney, Vice President and Head of External Affairs for the Vancouver Airport Authority.
Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a capacity of 273 seats in two classes (24 Business Class/249 Economy) will fly the route.
Additionally, this service will boost the cargo capacity for trade between Fiji and Canada and with other Pacific Island countries looking for new commercial prospects.
The new Canadian operation of Fiji Airways will result in an estimated $7.5 million in combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP), $12.2 million in tourism revenue, and the creation of 86 employment in the hospitality and tourism industries of Vancouver and British Columbia.
“With Canada well into winter and travelers eager for a warm tropical paradise, the timing of our new route couldn’t be better. There is no choice but Fiji. You don’t have to take my word for it, you’ll be convinced as soon as you step on board,” said Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways managing director, and CEO.