More Top Stories

Editor's Pick

TB cases detected

1 June 2024


Alleged rapist in remand

27 April 2024

Rugby league

Moana target 2025 World Cup

11 November 2022

Fijian airline beats Air New Zealand, Qantas to major award

Friday 23 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Fiji, Regional


Fijian airline beats Air New Zealand, Qantas to major award
Fiji Airways, the national carrier of Fiji, has achieved a significant milestone by being recognized as the Skytrax Best Airline in Australia & the Pacific at the prestigious 2023 World Airline Awards. Photo Credit: Fiji Airways/23062318/23062319

Fiji Airways has beaten out Qantas and Air New Zealand to claim the region’s top accolade at the 2023 World Airline Awards.

The island nation's national carrier was named best airline in Australia and the Pacific at the ceremony in Paris this week.

It comes after Qantas and Air New Zealand were first and second in the region respectively last year.

It's the first time Fiji Airways has won the prize.

The Pacific Island carrier also retained the award for best airline staff in the region, for the fourth year in a row.

CEO Andre Viljoen said the titles represented "big wins".

"We may not have as many resources as larger airlines, but we have the Fijian spirit of hospitality and care," he said.

"As the national airline of Fiji, we embrace and champion these values in everything we do, and this sets us apart as an airline.

"The fact that these awards are determined purely on guest feedback makes our two accolades all the more special."

More than 20 million votes were entered in the awards survey, with over 325 airlines featured in the results.

In the overall awards, Singapore Airline won world's best airline, with Qatar Airways placed second and All Nippon Airways in third.

Emirates placed fourth and Japan Airways came fifth, while Turkish Airlines (sixth), Air France (seventh), Cathay Pacific (eighth), EVA Air (ninth) and Korean Air (tenth) rounded out the top ten.

Air New Zealand featured at 19th, two places behind trans-Tasman rival Qantas.

  • TVNZ