Joined QANTAS, 1970-96, with a spell working for Air Fiji
Six aircraft from now-defunct carrier Air Fiji
are up for sale.
has stopped operating aircraft because it is in financial difficulty.
A weekly service has recommenced using an ATR-42 aircraft chartered from Air Fiji
, however this service gives priority to Niue residents with relatives in New Zealand, leaving little room for tourists.
The group of 50 includes a camera crew that will film the event for Internet webcast, cosmonauts formerly stationed on Mir and a dozen others paying up to $10,000 each for a seat on two chartered Air Fiji
Watanabe had been in Fiji for four days before his Air Fiji
flight from Suva to Nadi international airport crashed early Saturday morning.
An internal Air Fiji
flight packed with tourists crashed in the Namosi highlands on the island of Viti yesterday morning.
Grounded and indebted Fijian carrier Air Fiji
is selling aircraft and other assets.
and its sister carrier Airlines Tonga are continuing to suspend services with the Fijian carrier involved in a dispute with its workforce and the Tongan carrier involved in protracted negotiations with its fuel supplier.
Fijian Embraer EMB-110 and Harbin Y-12 operator Air Fiji
has ceased operations and is taking no bookings, with news reports quoting chairman Wu Shengyue as saying Air Fiji
needs "to avoid the risk of violation of laws for carrying business for an insolvent company".