MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34612 posts, RR: 70 Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6340 times:
Air Pacific has filed with US DOT to provide weekly non-stop service between Honolulu and Christmas Island, continuing to Nadi, with a 737 (-700 or -800) aircraft. It will be the only non-stop service between the two airports. What other airlines fly to XCH?
Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3739 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6148 times:
The code for Chirstmas Island (Kiritimati) is CXI. And yes it is in range for the 737. In fact, AQ used to do weekly HNL-CXI charters using a 737-200 that was certified for ETOPS (N808AL) and then using their 737-700s. I'm not sure if AQ still flies those charters to CXI.
On a side note, properly prounounced, Kiritimati sounds very similar to Chirstmas, hence they ended up being called Christmas Island.
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Vxg From United States of America, joined May 2004, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5860 times:
Kiritimati was originally named Christmas Island by Capt. James Cook who discovered it on Dec 24th 1777. The island is part of the Republic of Kiribati which consists of three groups of islands in the central pacific - the Gilberts (Kiribati) group, the Phoenix Group and the Line Islands (where Christmas Island is located).
The main airport is Cassidy Airfield which was originally built by the British who occupied the island until the country's independence in 1979. I believe that the US also operated on the island during WWII. During the 50's and 60's the island was used for some questionable bomb testing. There are a couple of other abandoned strips on the island that were built during WWII but they are clearly not usable today.
Air service to CXI has been spotty at best over the years. During the late 70's and early 80's when I lived in Kiribati (on Tarawa though) the local airline (Air Tungaru at the time) chartered a jet from Air Nauru to run service to the island (TRW-CXI-HNL and return). Later on Air Tungaru managed to get their own 727 for the flight but eventually they disappeared. Since then the government of Kiribati has arranged charters from HNL to handle air service to CXI. AQ was the most recent airline from which jets were chartered for the service.
My guess is that the government of Kiribati may be subsidizing Air Pacific to do the flight in order to keep some essential air service going to Christmas Island.
Words like Kiribati and Kiritimati are just the local spellings/pronunciations for western names like 'Gilberts' and 'Christmas'. They only use 16 Latin characters so 'K' is used for 'c' and 'g' sounds, 'R' for 'l', 'TI' for 's', etc. Say Gilberts really fast a few times and it'll start sounding like 'kiribas'.
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6285 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5743 times:
Quoting Je89_w (Reply 8): The Christmas Island in the Indian ocean is south of Indonesia, belonging to Australia (used to be owned by Singapore).
Well not exactly. Between 1946 and 1957 it came under the jurisdiction of the British Crown Colony of Singapore. So it is more accurately described as owned by Britian. In 1957 it was purchased by Australia, under whos juristriction it remains.