Prime Minister Bainimarama to Receive Second Fiji Airways Airbus

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, will travel to France on Monday at the invitation of Airbus and Air Pacific to receive the second of the new Fiji Airways Airbus A330s.

The plane – which has been named Namuka-i-Lau – will be formally handed over at a ceremony at the Airbus factory in Toulouse later in the week.

Namuka-i-Lau is the home island of the designer of the new Fiji Airways masi insignia, Makareta Matemosi.

It was at the Prime Minister’s suggestion that the second Airbus carry the name of her island as a tribute to the quality of her work, which has been acclaimed by international design experts.

The aircraft will be making its delivery flight to Fiji via Los Angeles to enable the airline to hold a promotional event for the US tourism industry.

The event – at Los Angeles International Airport LAX – will take place on Tuesday, May 21st.

Namuka-i-Lau will then cross the Pacific for an arrival welcome function at Nadi Airport on Thursday, May 23rd.

The Prime Minister will return separately to Fiji after the handover ceremony on Monday, May 20th in time to receive the aircraft