Pacific Sun, Fiji’s second largest airline that services mostly domestic routes, has upgraded its fleet of DH-6 Twin Otter aircraft, which will enable to fly year-round in inclement weather, improving the regularity of services to smaller destinations and boosting business links.

The airline spent more than F$100,000 on each of its three aircraft to include, among other features, modern GPS and weather radar equipment. This is expected to minimise weather disruptions to its flights to Savusavu, Taveuni and Kadavu.

Over the past four months, Pacific Sun had experienced operational challenges due to a company-mandated retrofit and maintenance programme to modernise safety and increase operational reliability of the airline’s DH-6 Twin Otter fleet.

By August this year, the airline plans to spend a further F$400,000 into each of its aircraft to install a new cockpit avionics package, which will include state-of-the-art Ground Proximity Warning Systems (GPWS), new IFR instrumentation, and new VHF & HF radios.

A year ago, the beleaguered airline created history by appointing the first female General Manager to head a domestic and regional airline in Fiji. Shaenaz Voss, who has more than two decades’ experience in the airline industry, has embarked on a major programme to modernise the airline, which provides important feeder services to the national flag carrier Air Pacific.