Grounded Air Fiji selling aircraft

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Grounded and indebted Fijian carrier Air Fiji is selling aircraft and other assets.

A statement on the carrier's website says it is selling a Britten-Norman Trislander.

An industry source, involved in marketing these type of aircraft, also tells ATI Air Fiji is selling two Britten-Norman Islanders.

Besides these, the carrier has Embraer EMB-110 and Harbin Y-12 aircraft.

Air Fiji is a domestic regional airline that closed in late April after experiencing financial difficulties.

A report in Fijian magazine Islands Business says the carrier owes the National Bank of Tuvulu F$700,000 ($324,000), the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority F$679,000. the Fiji Development Bank F$370,000, Fiji National Provident Fund F$350,000 and R Patel lawyers F$65,000.

The Tuvulu Government and China National Aero-Technology Import & Export (CATIC) are the airline's two major shareholders.

Air Fiji officials were unavailable for comment today and the company's main phone lines have been disconnected.