Fiji Airways confirmed as next oneworld full member

Five years since joining as the first oneworld connect carrier, FJ takes the next step

oneworld has confirmed that Fiji Airways will become its 15th full member airline. The news was announced in Dubai at the IATA AGM.

Fiji Airways has had a presence in the oneworld alliance for the past five years as a oneworld connect partner. During that time, the airline has developed cooperative links with all oneworld member airlines, paving its way to a more seamless integration as a full oneworld member.

Fiji Airways’ transition to full membership will commence immediately and will be completed within the next 12 months.

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Nat Pieper, oneworld CEO, said: “It’s a very warm bula, or hello, to Fiji Airways as we welcome them as our 15th full member airline in the oneworld alliance.”

“Fiji Airways is already part of the oneworld family, as we have had a highly successful relationship since the airline joined as a oneworld connect partner five years ago. With its tremendous growth, award winning product and services, and acceleration of connections with all oneworld member airlines, Fiji Airways will strengthen our position as the premier airline alliance for international global travellers.”

Andre Viljoen, the Managing Director, and CEO of Fiji Airways, added: “I am extremely proud to announce our full membership in the award-winning oneworld alliance, marking a significant step in our commitment to providing unparalleled service and connectivity.

“As a full member airline, we are excited to enhance the travel experience for oneworld alliance frequent flyers, offering greater accessibility to Fiji and the South Pacific, and ensuring seamless connections and memorable journeys for Fiji Airways customers across the alliance network,” Viljoen added.

Fiji Airways A350-900

With its hub at Nadi International Airport, Fiji Airways serves 26 destinations in 15 countries and territories globally, including oneworld hubs at Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.

Fiji Link, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiji Airways, will become an affiliate airline of oneworld and extend the alliance’s network even further by bringing its domestic flights to Suva, Nadi, Labasa, Taveuni and Kadavu; as well as regionally to the Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Fiji Airways recently announced record annual profits and revenues, for 2023, with 2.2 million passengers carried on its flights, offering 2.8 million seats. With an unprecedented growth, increased capacity, and fleet enhancement with new state-of-the-art Airbus A350 aircraft, Fiji Airways is well set to continue its growth now as a full oneworld member airline, offering even more flights and new routes in response to the growing customer demand.

Andre Viljoen, Managing Director and CEO, Fiji Airways

As a full oneworld member airline, Fiji Airways will provide oneworld Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby customers with a full suite of oneworld benefits including earning and redeeming miles, earning status points, priority check-in and boarding and lounge access. Likewise, Fiji Airways’ top tier customers will be able to gain access to all oneworld priority benefits including a network of nearly 700 business and First class lounges globally, as well as newly opened oneworld branded lounges in Amsterdam’s Schiphol and Seoul’s Incheon Airports.

The pending announcement of Fiji Airways seeking full membership of oneworld was flagged earlier this year by Executive Traveller.

Fiji Airways commenced flying on 1 September 1951. It now has a fleet of 21 aircraft, including Airbus A350s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s.

Lead image: Nathaniel (Nat) Pieper, CEO oneworld and Andre Viljoen, Managing Director/CEO, Fiji Airways flanked by Fiji Airways cabin crew.

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