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NADI, FIJI - Fiji Airways converted an ATR 72-600 from the fleet of its regional subsidiary Fiji Link to a freighter to carry cargo between Nadi and  Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

In its first flight, the aircraft carried 3.8 tonnes of cargo from Nadi to Port Vila and 1.9 tonnes on the return on June 7. Outbound freight included medical supplies, while the inbound carried some consolidated items, including coffee and mail.

“We remain committed to operating freight services to maintain essential supply lines between Fiji and its key markets, and have been exploring ways to similarly assist our regional neighbors. We recognize the leading role Fiji Airways plays in travel and trade for the entire region. With the approval of aircraft manufacturer ATR, our regulator CAAF as well as the relevant governments, we were able to reconfigure and operate our first ATR freighter to Port Vila,”

Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director, and CEO said.

The conversion included removal of all passenger seats from the aircraft, and was done in line with manufacturer specifications by Fiji Airways’ Engineering at the airline’s MRO facilities in Nadi.

Fiji Airways said that it would alternate the ATR 72-600 aircraft between passenger and freight-only operations as required.
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