My Fiji Experience

Following was a powerpoint presentation to the  Aeronautical Society of Mauritius (AeSM) on 03 November 2016.

After my retirement from MK end of 2011, I was lucky to be called by Spencer Stuart for an assignment in Fiji with Air Pacific. This was the name of Fiji Airways then. The initial assignment was for a period of 6 months to mentor the GM Engineering and as advisor to assist with the management of Air Pacific Engineering and also special projects on behalf of the MD/CEO who was at the time Dave Pflieger.

However I ended being the interim Executive GM Operations for four months as I arrived in Fiji, the GM Ops suddenly left the Company. This got me involved to the neck with the A330 aircraft, being the interim post holder ops for the AOC. I went back to my initial assignment once the new Executive GM Ops was found.

In fact this was my second trip to Fiji after 36 years. When I was an apprentice at Qantas Sydney in the seventies, I went to Nadi for a weekend for duty free shopping with my Qantas colleague. Never thought at that time that one day I would be back to see Air Pacific.

Dave Pflieger joined Air Pacific in 2010 to turnaround the airline to restore profitability.

His turnaround program was about reviewing cost and efficiency, rebranding and refleeting the airline with more adapted aircraft.

So in February 2012 I headed to Fiji with my wife for a new adventure.