Island of Taveuni bursts from the skies over Nadi after its flypast over the country

Island of Taveuni bursts from the skies over Nadi after its flypast over the country. March 19 2013 (photo:Graham Davis)







The aircraft had made an 18,000 kilometres journey from the Airbus factory in Toulouse via Hong Kong (photo:Graham Davis)


A flock of birds envelopes the plane as it taxis off the main runway (photo:Graham Davis)


The striking new masi livery designed by local artisan Makareta Matamosi (Photo:Graham Davis)


The A330 with the old Air Pacific “rainbow” livery in the background (photo:Graham Davis)


Part of the large and patriotic crowd that greeted the aircraft’s arrival (photo:Graham Davis)


The traditional water salute greets the new arrival (photo:Graham Davis)


A day of colour and wild enthusiasm (photo:Graham Davis)


Welcomed with a blast of the davui (conch shell) (Photo:Graham Davis)


Pristine white in the morning sun and so authentically Fijian (photo:Graham Davis)


A wild tarmac greeting from hundreds of well wishers ( photo:Graham Davis)


The Fiji Police band and singers add to the patriotic fervour (photo:Graham Davis)


Island of Taveuni with an old Air Pacific 747-400 in the background. The two 747s will be retired later in the year (photo:Graham Davis)


The Fiji Airways name restored after 40 years (Photo: Graham Davis)


Overwhelming approval for the new look (Photo:Graham Davis)


Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, and Air Pacific Chairman Nalin Patel (Photo:Graham Davis)


EU, British and French diplomatic envoys. Proud to have supplied the Airbus (Photo:Graham Davis)


Aircraft stairs in place and excitement builds (Photo:Graham Davis)


The striking tail with Makareta Matamosi “Teteva” design ( Photo:Graham Davis)


The tattooed engine cowl reminiscent of a warrior’s upper arm (Photo:Graham Davis)


A day of intense national pride (Photo:Graham Davis)


Makareta Matamosi, proud creator of the new look (Photo:Graham Davis)


Inside the giant Air Pacific hanger looking out (Photo:Graham Davis)


Air Pacific CEO Dave Pflieger emerges with his delivery crew (Photo:Graham Davis)


Greeted like heroes from the waiting crowd (Photo:Graham Davis)


HE the President of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Naitalikau, and first lady Adi Koila Nailatikau led from the aircraft by a traditional warrior (Photo:Graham Davis)


The President receives a tabua (whale’s tooth) during the traditional welcoming ceremony (photo:Graham Davis)


Design details on the engine cowling and tail (Photo:Graham Davis)


A warrior guards the aircraft door. A totally authentic design (Photo:Graham Davis)


As Fijian as a serrated policeman’s sulu (photo:Graham Davis)


Already acknowledged by the design world as a triumph (Photo:Graham Davis)


A great day to be Fijian (Photo:Graham Davis)