24 Sep 2013

Fiji Labour Party calls for independent investigation into Fiji Airways

8:21 pm on 24 September 2013

The Fiji Labour Party says Fiji Airways still needs to come clean on how Airbus planes were purchased, and a fully independent investigation is needed.

The head of Fiji Airways, Stefan Pichler gave an interview to the Fiji Times and the Fiji Sun, clarifying how Waqavuka Financing was used to purchase the Airbus planes which are now part of the airline's fleet.

Mr Pichler said the finance company was set up solely for the purchase of the planes and will own them until Fiji Airways pays them off.

But Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry says there are plenty of other questions to be answered.

"What terms were negotiated, were there any commissions involved, this information is not there. It's been kept hush hush, and until there is an independent assessment and investigation into it we do not know what is the truth behind it. Why was the switch made from Boeing to Airbus? Are these planes really brand new planes or are they refurbished second-hand planes?"

Mahendra Chaudhry.