Republic of Fiji Air Force?

January 8, 2008 at 9:41 am 7 comments

Oh dear!

Colonel Mohammed Aziz is on the loose. With the charter in one hand and his cock in the other, this latest finger pointing exercise is to be noted. Latest in says he warned Air Pacific not to blame the military takeover of the Fijian government for the loss in revenues for the latest financial year. He instead blamed the mismanagement of the airline for the loss in revenue.

Um yeah, we’ll listen to this terrorist.

He “warned” the airline. What is the RFMF going to do? Fire all the pilots, replace them with Z-grade senior officers. Those retards wouldn’t be able to start the flight deck electrics or know what an APU is. Make sure all the flight attendants parrot the propaganda from the top as the aircraft descend into Nadi  and Nausori. I can just imagine it.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the seatbelt sign in preparation for landing. We would like to tell you that the military is god around here, Chaudhry loves your hotel taxes and you’ll come and worship Bainimarama at the tourism bure, Sheraton Fiji.”

But lets look at whats going on. Air Pacific’s revenues are down $70m. Aziz noted that tourism did not suffer much after the coup and had no reason to experience major revenue losses. Looks like Aziz has is a lawyer, accountant and terrorist (not afraid to say that one) all rolled into a neat little package. He seems to know everything, but lets open up this article for a bit of scrutiny.

He says that there was a 21.3% increase in international passenger numbers in the 3rd quarter.

1) Where did he get the figure from? 21.3% increase over the 2nd quarter, 21.3% over the previous 3rd quarter? Learn to read before you start speaking. Its a very important thing. Note this is only one quarter’s figures. The other three quarters could have been bloody shocking. What are the actual raw numbers, statistical modelling and analysis?

2) Reliability of source? Fiji Bureau of Statistics. Need I say more. Guess who is in charge.

3) What is the composition of the 21.3% increase? Is it Fijian expatriates hoping to grease the military for a job? Or expatriates coming to see friends and family? Again until you break it down, you don’t know Jack. Or you don’t know Aziz in this case.

Now having flung his stupid made-up figures or lack of corrobrated evidence, lets move on to the evidence piece. Air Pacific has reported a $70m revenue decrease over the previous financial year.

Revenue is affected by many factors. Pricing, passenger numbers and advertising to name a few. Air Pacific of late has been advertising on Australian and New Zealand television offering hot deals to Fiji including accommodation packages and deeply discounted flights at some periods.

Fijian tourism operators (including airlines) have had to put deep discounts on their prices just to attract the tourists. And they are ignoring the basic rule of business which involves covering your costs. If airfares decrease then of course revenue decreases. If I sell 10 airfares at $100, then my revenue is $1000. If I sell 10 airfares at $200, then my revenue is $2000.

That is a simple proposition. Thats not mismanagement. They are trying to get some revenue to at least get their aircraft operating with some passengers rather than none.

Also breakdowns with aircraft are inevitable. Air Pacific’s two Boeing 747-400’s are leased from Singapore Airlines. They were early build aircraft probably from the late 80’s/early 90’s. Air Pacific does not have a British Airways or Qantas sized fleet to provide large supplies of spare parts. The Nadi jet base is not large enough and does not have the required number of skilled engineers to provide this maintenance. To get to Aziz’s standard, Air Pacific would have to spend a lot of money just getting up there which may end up bankrupting the small airline.

New long range aircraft are expensive to purchase and Air Pacific does not have large sums of money just lying around to do so. Air Pacific did purchase brand new Boeing 787 aircraft but they don’t arrive for a while yet. Fuel prices are rising quite sharply and profit margins have been sheared off. Again to get to standard, where are they going to get the money to do this “airline clean-up”?

Lastly, new markets.

Where? India? China? Venezuela? Opening up new markets takes time and plenty of research. You just don’t open up a route for the sake of it. And besides, when an airline opens up a new market, it does not necessarily make a profit. Setup costs are high and its needs long haul aircraft. According to Aziz these can be purchased off Budget Motors for a few bob and put into service the next week. Again a long haul fleet costs money and where are you going to find that?

So Aziz could be the military CEO of Air Pacific and open flights to the mother land. Thats all good and well. But I don’t think Indians will flock to Fiji in their droves. They have resorts and holiday destinations closer to home. And I don’t think an unstable political environment would tempt them to fly over 14 hours to Fiji.

So stick to being a terrorist Aziz. At least you’re more qualified at it.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. natewaprince  |  January 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    This Arse-iz needs a real good whack on his arsehole. Its people like him who are giving wrong legal advice to this illegal regime.

    And the way he talks on TV really pisses me off,brash arrogant and gung ho as if he and his brother dickheads could enforce their military charter.


  • 2. Maqa a Leqa  |  January 8, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Aziz is the exact photocopy of his muslim brother Khaiyum. They are full of fury signifying nothing!

    Other similarities are that both these boci’s are inexperienced, lack depth in the thinking process and tend to speak volumes in areas where they do not have any expertise or experience.

    These two are examples of the clique who are advising the biggest wanker Bhaini Marama. Ever wonder why this country is going directly to the dogs?

    There are of course the muslim sisters who with Aziz and Khaiyum provide Mohd Baini Marama the required boost to make stupid decisions. These are the Shameem sisters-Shaista and Nazhat.

    And of course they are joined by their uncle the soccer Pressie who would not give up the FFA leadership because of the huge financial gains he gets from it.

    All these five muslim terrorists who suck Bhaini’s balls should be involved in an all-night orgy to plan the country’s way forward!

  • 3. fuggedaboutit  |  January 8, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Well said Tard Watch. Keep up the articles good to see that more when one site goes offline another comes up. I agree wholeheartedly with your analysis of Aziz’s so called expertise, must have pulled it out of his …….hat, just like the rabbit he pulled out of Frank’s ass!!

    That’s the problem with military they thought they’d pull the coup off like magic. The only thing for magic to work the illusion has to be real enough into deluding the audience. Unfortunately for them the audience has seen right through their act from day one.

  • 4. Lomaniviti  |  January 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    TWF, if only the Goons who continue to advise He Who Must Be Obeyed had half the analytical skills that you have, the nation would be in a much better situation than the mess and quagmire we are in right now. Good one!

  • 5. Satish  |  January 9, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Just read the Air Pacific Report and you will find the truth. Traffic in the Business Class of Air Pacific “virtually collapsed”. “This high value travel has virtually ceased since the coup”. It “normally represented some 8% or $35 million of our turnover”. (*Page 5 of the
    Air Pacific report for 2007.) The collapse in the Business Class traffic is a measure of the unfolding economic disaster

    Passengers between Australia and Fiji grew by 3.8% but capacity grew by 20%. Virgin Blue, with a lower cost structure entered the market just as it was about to be slashed by the coup. Naturally, as a low cost airline, Virgin Blue do not lose the Business Class traffic.

    The problem is that the Illegal Government has no-one with any basic business sense. They are all military or Labour. Mahendra Chaudhry is killing tourism, the only sector that has any chance of keeping the economy from complete collapse. He refuses even modest assistance with promotion and then increases the turnover tax, which cuts into the competitiveness of businesses that have had to discount heavily just to survive.

  • 6. Fiji Democracy Now  |  January 9, 2008 at 5:17 am

    The Air Pacific Fiasco

    Air Pacific profits have been slashed. Net profit after tax dropped to $17,000 compared with $13.3 million the year before.

    This is the story of the coup in a nutshell. Like the price rises, the job cuts, the water that doesn’t flow and the crime, as far as the Illegal Government is concerned, this is all the fault of somebody else. They take no responsibility for anything. There is no parliament where Ministers have to be accountable.

    Frank has the guns so he can decide who is to blame. Anyone who disagrees will be beaten up.

  • 7. Nasi Lomani  |  January 10, 2008 at 3:58 am

    As well stated late last year by Beddoes and then LQ ” the IG does not have the brain power to run the country” (lol) what a bunch of no-brainers!!!!

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