In 1947, Katafaga Estates Limited was incorporated by famed aviator Harold Gatty. In September 1951, the first scheduled service of his Fiji-based airline, a twin-engined Dragon Rapide biplane emblazoned with the words 'Fiji Airways' climbed into the morning Suva skies on its maiden flight. Gatty's company, Katafaga Estates had registered the name 'Fiji Airways' after applying for and being granted a five-year exclusive airline operator's licence.
20 years later in 1971, the airline was renamed Air Pacific to reflect a more regional airline following investment by neighboring countries including Tonga, Nauru, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, alongside Qantas Airways and Air New Zealand.
In June 2013, the airline will reintroduce the name Fiji Airways to reinforce its role as the proud national airline of Fiji. Offering its customers brand new Airbus 330-200 aircraft and warm friendly Fijian service, Fiji Airways connects the islands of Fiji to the world and proudly welcomes visitors to experience its island home.