[International Women’s Day. Nadi, Fiji] Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has unveiled its new pilot uniforms, proudly putting its female pilots at the forefront of the launch to coincide with the celebration of International Women’s Day.
Fiji Airways Chief Pilot and General Manager Flight Operations Captain, Josua Cavalevu stated: “The new uniform insignia has been customised with special features to reflect the Fiji Airways brand and what better day to have our female pilots headline the unveiling of it than International Women’s Day. We’re using this launch to bring attention to the fact that we have some fantastic female pilots in our team. They are excellent aviators who do a great job day-in and day-out and are future Captains for our national carrier. We’re hoping more and more young women seriously consider flying as a career and ultimately join the pilot ranks at Fiji Airways.”
First Officer Seini Koroitamana, First Officer Selai Saumi and Second Officer Vanika Itautoka unveiled the new uniforms today. There are currently five female pilots at Fiji Airways – four Fijians and one on contract from Brazil.
Captain Cavalevu added: “There is enormous wealth of experience, skills and knowledge among our women colleagues. They are very highly respected for their dedication and professionalism by their peers, and we would like nothing better than to increase the female complement of pilots at Fiji Airways.”
The new pilot uniform combines the industry standardised style with distinctive Fiji Airways brand design elements such as the use of masi motifs on the brown tie. These complement the Masi motifs which appear on the Fiji Airways Cabin Crew Uniforms.
The pants are now black instead of navy blue, and black shoulder epaulets with silver stripes compliment the white shirt. Silver chinstraps with black braid design along with a Fiji wordmark adorns the pilot hat. The winged badge has been adapted to showcase the Fiji Airways Teteva. Each pilot uniform is decorated with insignia representing duties and rank.
The new uniforms have been rolled out for use from today.
(Pictured left, above) First Officer Seini Koroitamana joined Fiji Airways in December 2005. She currently holds the rank of Airbus A330 First Officer and also held the ranks of B747 Second Officer, B737 First Officer and B767 First Officer. F/O Seini was trained at Pacific Flying School and started her flying career at SunAir Airlines, flying the Islander and Twin Otter Aircraft. She is a proud wife and mother, married to B737 Captain Clayton Cornish .Together they are parents to two young boys.
Seini literally grew up around the Nadi International Airport – her father Mr. Jone Koroitamana is a retired Chief Executive of Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji. She attended Nadi Airport School and finished her high school education at Natabua High School.
(Pictured middle, above) First Officer Selai Saumi joined Fiji Airways in March 2007. She is a First Officer on the Boeing 737 aircraft, and started her jet aircraft experience as a B767 Second Officer. Her latest responsibilities include teaching Aircraft Performance to new Boeing 737 Pilots. S/O Saumi is a qualified Crew Resource Management Instructor and a Combined Crew Resource Management Facilitator. F/O Selai too, has aviation in her blood – her late father, Captain Nacanieli Saumi was a Boeing 737 Check and Training Captain for Fiji Airways. Educated at St. Anne’s Primary School and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Selai started her flying career in 2002, training with Flight Training in Brisbane Australia.
(Pictured right, above) Second Officer Vanika Itautoka joined Fiji Airways September 2014. S/O Itautoka recently completed her training at Airbus Facilities in Beijing, China and Singapore to obtain her Airbus A330-200 second officer rating. Born in Suva, she started school at Veiuto Primary School, completing her high school education at Suva Grammar School.
Not Pictured due to Flying Commitments
First Officer Christina Zoing joined Fiji Airways in December 2009. After flying domestically for Air Fiji, F/O Zoing’s first jet endorsement was as a B767 aircraft Second Officer. She is now a First Officer on the B737 aircraft. F/O Zoing is one of a small number of local pilots who are qualified in Human factors. She is a Crew Resource Management Facilitator. In addition, she is Combined Crew Resource Management Instructor combining Pilot and Cabin Crew Training. An ex-scholar of Holy Family School in Labasa, she continued her primary school education at Stella Marist in Suva, graduating High School from Yat Sen Secondary School.
First Officer Rafaela Correa- Reis joined Fiji Airways in January 2013. She is an experienced First Officer on the Boeing B737 aircraft. A Brazilian National, she was born in Itajai, State of Santa Catarina. F/O Correa-Reis graduated in 2005, with a degree in Aeronautical Sciences. Rafaela has significant international experience, flying in Brazil for GOL Airlines and also in China before joining Fiji Airways. She has jet endorsements as a First Officer on the Boeing B737 and the Boeing B747 Jumbo.
ISSUED ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, 8 March 2015
Source: Fiji Airways.