NATIONAL carrier Air Pacific and American Airlines have begun placing their codes on each other's flights following approval of their application by the United States Department of Transportation.
A statement from the airline said this code share agreement provided Air Pacific customers with access to over 20 major business centres in the United States and American Airlines' customers with access to Fiji on AA coded flights.
Air Pacific passengers will be able to fly from Nadi to 23 US cities including New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Chicago, San Francisco on the 'FJ' code. Ticket sales are available from today on www.airpacific.com .
"It's the first time Fiji's national carrier will be able to sell tickets this broadly within the United States," said David Pflieger, Air Pacific's managing director and CEO.
"This code-sharing arrangement with our partner American Airlines will allow us to increase Air Pacific's presence in 23 US cities and allow us to ticket passengers online from all over the United States to Fiji. This will increase Air Pacific and Fiji's presence and profile in these major cities greatly assisting us in growing our passenger base as well as Fiji's critical tourism industry.
"American Airlines has an extensive network covering major US cities which will mean a much greater catchment area for travelers to Fiji. With the co-operation of the major tourism stakeholders like Air Pacific, Tourism Fiji, hotels/resorts and wholesalers to promote Fiji in these extended markets, we are confident that Fiji tourism arrivals will increase and further grow the Fijian economy."