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Why Did Polynesian Dump 767s?  
User currently offlineAq737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Why did Polynesian Airlines not keep their 767s? They certainly could use it on their Honolulu and Sydney routes. Also, maybe they could compete with Air Fiji and operate to Los Angeles and not have to code-share with Air Tahiti Nui.

Also, when Polynesian op'd for QANTAS, they used both their 737-800 aircraft, so which aircraft did they use for their other routes? Their HNL flight required the 738. Also, they only had 2 Twin Otters and a 737-300 left. What happened?


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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

Because the 767 bankrupted the airline!
The fares charged for SYD-LAX (via APW & HNL), for example, were so low the route could not be sustained. Services started with an AC 763, then were supposed to switch to an ex-KU 762 that wasn't ETOPS certified- due to that little oversight, the aircraft never left the QF SYD maintenance base while with PH. As awhile they alos used a leased in Express One DC-10 (ex Finnair).

The 733 was replaced with a second 738.

User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

Whilst operating for Qantas the two 737-800s were able to maintain Polynesian's schedule, after the deal was terminated one -800 was returned to the lessor. Their Boeing 737-3Q8 is now leased to Qantas as VH-TAB.

User currently offlineMr AirNZ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 976 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1561 times:

Just a side note: 737-8Q8 5W-SAM was returned to ILFC in April/May. Aircraft now operates for Miami Air as N734MA.

User currently offlineJupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 1024 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1536 times:

PH actually operated a total of 3 767's in their own right. They were C FBEG a 762 leased from AC which kept the basic AC red colours of the time with Polynesian titles, then CFMWP a 763 in full PH colours and then the ex Kuwait machine which was registered 5W TEA from memory, it was also in full colours except that the belly was bare metal and not painted white.
I may be mistaken but I was lead to believe that the delay in introducing this aircraft was the amount of corrosion found in it when QF was performing the overhaul before hand over to PH, they may have also brought it up to ETOPS standard as well, but the aircraft definitely operated for PH.

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