Fiji Airways (FJ, Nadi) has told Bloomberg News that it aims to apply for full membership of the Oneworld alliance later this year, with its sponsors reportedly including founding members American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) and Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong International).

The process, which could take more than 12 months to finalise from the application date, would see the Fijian flag carrier become the 16th and smallest member of the alliance. It is currently a Oneworld connect member.

Fiji Airways operates a fleet of three A330-200s, one A330-300, four A350-900s, five B737-8s, and one B737-800s. It flies to 23 destinations around the Pacific rim, while the airline's Fiji Link (FJA, Nadi) brand services the domestic network.

According to its website, Fiji Airways is currently in codeshare partnerships with 13 airlines, including seven Oneworld airlines, these being JAL - Japan Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and British Airways. It also has a codeshare arrangement with Qantas subsidiary Jetstar Airways (JQ, Melbourne Tullamarine). Fiji Airways is majority owned by the Fijian government, with Qantas also owning around 16.45% of the carrier and being the third largest shareholder.