Fiji Airways calls it quits on Adelaide-Nadi flights

DQ-FJM, Boeing 737-800, Adelaide Airport. © Aussie Weekend Traveller (Bradley Hogg) 2019

Fiji Airways
Date Posted: 20/06/2019

After two years of servicing Adelaide Airport with regular scheduled services to tropical paradise, Fiji Airways has just pulled the plug on flights to and from Adelaide to Nadi.

The national airline of Fiji, Fiji Airways, was a much-welcomed addition to the Adelaide Airport scene as well as providing customers with greater convenience and connections for those travelling not just to Fiji, but to the United States – including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

DQ-FJM, Boeing 737-800, Adelaide Airport. © Aussie Weekend Traveller (Bradley Hogg) 2019

Unfortunately like many others airlines, Fiji Airways has been caught up in the massive Boeing 787 MAX 8 issues since the grounding of the whole MAX 8 fleet in March this year.

When the route was first announced back in 2017 the airline noted that Adelaide would be serviced by the airlines newest Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Since the grounding Adelaide spotters have been left seeing the older Boeing 737-800 aircraft, DQ-FJG, DQ-FJM and DQ-FJM.

With the airline now having to rely on other aircraft operating this route the airline has pulled out of all flights from Adelaide. The Boeing 737’s opened up 656 seats each week with their twice-weekly service. The two scheduled weekly flights operated each Monday and Friday, with the occasional Saturday service that added an additional 328 seats.

The final Fiji Airways flight will arrive into Adelaide on 20 July 2017 at 2035hrs (8:35pm ACST), and depart one last time back home to Nadi later that night at 2200hrs (10:00pm ACST). The aircraft will touch back down the next day at 0540hrs (5:40am FJT) in Fiji, after making the 5hr 10min flight from Adelaide the night before.

Final Fiji Airways Flights To/From Adelaide*

For any passengers who have booked services on Fiji Airways who would be either arriving or departing Adelaide beyond 20 July 2019, you will all be re-accommodated on another carrier.  A Qantas aircraft will fly you to Melbourne, from there you will continue your journey to Nadi on a Fiji Airways operated flight.

If you are one of the affected passengers, I would recommend you contact Fiji Airways ASAP to re accommodate your flight onto a new service.
You can contact Fiji Airways here.

It’s unclear if Fiji Airways will return to the skies over Adelaide once the Boeing 737 MAX 8 issues are resolved. From my understanding the airline will still keep their slots at Adelaide Airport for the time being, but the future is too unclear at this stage to even suggest if they would return at a later date. I guess on one had it will all depend on Boeing, and when the MAX 8 series aircraft will return into normal operations.

DQ-FJM, Boeing 737-800, Adelaide Airport. © Aussie Weekend Traveller (Bradley Hogg) 2019

Aussie Weekend Traveller has reached out to Fiji Airways for further clarification as to flights resuming to/from Adelaide but were still awaiting a response from them.

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