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User currently offlineCO737800 From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 545 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

My parents have the choice to fly Harmony or Air Pacific from YVR-HNL in May. We know lots about Harmony but nothing about Air Pacific. Does anyone here know much about them and if so could you give us some info, like service, aircraft condition and safety?

Thanks

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User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Friendly little airline that's 46% owned by Qantas, so obviously high maintenance and safety standards. Believe they usually use their 738 on the YVR-HNL route. They've been operating for donkeys years and are in no danger of going under. I'd recommend them.


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User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Air Pacific is very safe, don't be too concerned about that. You won't get PTV's on the B737s that they use on this route. Their service is pretty good as well.

Have no idea about Harmony though,,,,


User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

I fley Air Pacific on AKL-NAN and NAN-AKL in September 2003. Aircraft was a boeing 737-800 (DQ-FJG) both ways. Service was fantastic and crew were very professional.
Aircraft was in excellent condition and economy class has 32" seat pitch.
After just looking at the inflight-entertainment guide I picked up from when I travelled on FJ, it says that there is 2 movies inbound and 2 movies outbound.

I would highly recommend them,
Colin


User currently offlineHAVIK747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

It's actually a B737-700 ...Registration: DQ-FJF "Island of Koro"

Configuration: 12 Business Class/100 Economy

Business Class: Seating - 50" pitch, 10" recline, in-seat video with 6 video channels and 10 audio channels

Economy Class: Seating - 32" pitch, 6" recline. Drop down screens every 3 rows, with mainscreen video and 10 audio channels.

Flight FJ821 (Friday) YVR-NAN
Departs Arrives Aircraft Meals
1835 0520+2 737-700 M
Notes: Flight arrives into Nadi early Sunday morning

Flight FJ821 (Sunday) YVR-NAN
Departs Arrives Aircraft Meals
1835 0520+2 737-700 M

Meals Legend: B - Breakfast, L - Light Meal, M - Main Meal

GREAT AIRLINE


User currently offlineHAVIK747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3355 times:

Some days it is an 738
Registration: DQ-FJG "Island of Kadavu", DQ-FJH "Island of Gau"

Configuration: 8 Business Class/154 Economy

Business Class: Seating - 50" pitch, 10" recline, in-seat video with 6 video channels and 10 audio channels

Economy Class: Seating - 32" pitch, 6" recline. Drop down screens every 3 rows, with mainscreen video and 10 audio channels.


User currently offlineQblue From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

Flew with FJ Sep04 service was great leg room ok food good but baggage was weight restricted. FJ only allowed one piece to a max of 35kg while standard is 2pc at 70lbs. They also arrived from YVR to HNL very late.

User currently offlineKdonohue From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Just finished an article on Air Pacific for Airways magazine. Should be published in a few months. Great little airline. They actually use their 737-800 most of the time on the YVR route; however, they did use the -700 on our flight to NAN.

Air Pacific finds it challenging at times to sell the YVR-HNL leg, because they don't have a large presence, and they only serve it twice a week. The in-flight service was very good and I found the flight attendants to be very attentive, because of the small airrcraft.

You can't go wrong with either Air Pacific or Harmony.

Cheers,

Ken


User currently offlineNZCH From New Zealand, joined Jan 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

A young modern fleet of boeing Aircraft like 737 700/800's, 747 400 and 767 300 aircraft.


Airlines flown: BA,BD,NZ,SQ,FR,ZB,EK,JQ
User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

Flew Air Pacific last week from Brisbane to Nadi on one of there B737-800s. Flight wasn't bad, but the seats are starting to wear. Food was ok and movies were crap. 30 minutes before arrival into Nadi, one of the flight attendants went down the cabin with two insect spray cans. The smell was terrible, and it stings your eyes. Once everyone was coughing and struggling to breath, she came back and did it again...

Quoting HAVIK747 (Reply 4):
It's actually a B737-700 ...Registration: DQ-FJF "Island of Koro"

Configuration: 12 Business Class/100 Economy

Traveled in the 700' last Saturday from Nadi to Suva, only 8 seats in business class now.

Going in their 737-800 again tomorrow. Usually an prefer to travel Air New Zealand, but they have some screwed up departure times from Nadi...

NZ747


User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3334 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

What's wrong with Air Canada?

Regards
MH



come visit the south pacific
User currently offlineAirnz777pilot From New Zealand, joined Jan 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

ya they operate the 738 and looks like it would be a good flight.


Plane fanatic
User currently offlineCO737800 From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3067 times:

MotorHussy I would rather fly AC but its more of a price thing, Air Canada is about $400 more then Harmony or Air Pacific

Air Canada $1587 cdn all taxes in
Harmony Air $1176cdn all taxes in
Air Pacific $1100 cdn all taxes in


User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3049 times:

Quoting CO737800 (Reply 12):
Air Pacific $1100 cdn all taxes in

I would say go Air Pacific. It is a good airline and whenever I fly them on the Auckland-Nandi route the cabin never got sprayed with insect repellent. The movies are like any airline for the over-head/main screen entertainment.
Also, you will earn QF frequent flyer points - (well depending on your fare type.)


User currently offlineBNG777 From Australia, joined Dec 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Air Pacific is a great airline! I have been on all the aircraft that is currently serving YVR (2x738 & 1x73G) and they were pretty new. The 738's were delivered new in 1999 so they are only 6yrs old. In terms of cabin service, i would give them a 10 out of 10, safety I would give them 10 out 10, entertainment I would give them 8 out of 10 and on time performance I would give them 9.5 out of 10. Your parents wont be disaapointed. And the cabin smells really really nice!

User currently offlineQblue From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

If you go with FJ check out the fare with FIJI Travel on Fraser St they could give you a great fare....

User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3334 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

FJ all the way!

Regards
MH



come visit the south pacific
User currently offlineIowa744Fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Does anyone have any info about Air Pacific's 744s and their LAX-NAN service? I have a friend who is flying them in a week or so on her honeymoon and she was curious what their service is like. I saw on their website that it looks like they have PTVs in economy. How is the food, pitch, and overall service like? Also, they still operate ex-SQ birds, don't they?

Thanks.


User currently offlineAussieindc From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

yes, FJ are a pretty good little operation out of the South Pacific but I honestly am not aware of Harmony.

You have seen from everyone what FJ offer etc. I would suggest to compare that to the FJ product and go from there. Considering FJ only operate twice weekly, if Harmony have more frequency on the route, I'd suggest going with them given the opportunity to change their day of travel (heaven forbid if the need arised).

Money isn't necessarily always the biggest factor if you know what I mean?


User currently offlineEALflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

I'll chime in that Air Pacific has friendly and attentive service, though my experience dates back to 1994... Brisbane-Nadi on 737-500

User currently offlineKdonohue From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

The 747s on the NAN-LAX do have PTV throughout the aircraft, although it is first-generation Singapore entertainment. Still it's nice to have a personal tv. Service is good.

User currently offlineSimpilicity From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

If FJ can get away from QF shackles, they should look at NAN/YVR nonstop using one of their 744's.

I think they only fly NAN/HNL/YVR twice a week in each direction.

They could either drop one of those or have a 3rd service.

Perhaps they could code share with QF, allowing pax to go via NAN in one direction & via west coast in other, in case a family wanted to do LAX.

They could hub out of NAN, to & from BNE, SYD & MEL, which would mean they could offer, 1 stop, same airline, all the way from Australia to Canada avoiding all the U.S. crap at HNL or west coast.

Also a stopover in Fiji before &/or after much more preferable to overbuilt & overcommercialised HNL.


User currently offlineTIMEAIR From Canada, joined May 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

No one mentioned Westjet!!!! (WS) They now offer YVR-HNL as well with B737-700/800 with live satellite TV!


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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8626 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2571 times:
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Quoting Simpilicity (Reply 21):
Also a stopover in Fiji before &/or after much more preferable to overbuilt & overcommercialised HNL.

there is also the always popular Fijian sport of "guess when the next coup will happen"  Wink



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User currently offlineFly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

This is my first posting on here! It's about time I coughed up the cash.

I'd say stick with either HQ or AC, I mean flying in a 738 ain't so bad, but having a stop in SFO/LAX/PDX because of headwinds is kind of shoddy especially if you want more vacation time.

HQ offers at least IFE, a hot meal, on their 752s which isin't something you can shake a stick at. They also offer 4 flights a week on days 1/4/6 and 7.

I don't think WS offer anything special on these flights other than what they have already on Canadian flights, but this whole deal with unsched stop due to headwinds could be shoddy. Anyway WS offer flights on 1/2/4/5 and 7.

But check out these two. Shame that Zoom's not part of this equation.


25 2travel2know : I've seen the Air Pacific YVR-HNL-NAN B737-800 in YVR. Maybe lees than 20 passengers departing, all had to go thru US inmigration/customs @ YVR to boa
26 MotorHussy : And speaking of FJ's fleet, was their mid-size twin replacement factored into the QF 787 order does anyone know? Thanks MH
27 Aerofan : I flew FJ last March LaxNAN. Flight was on a B744. It was packed. Young flight crew. they kept banging the doors in the galley all night - looking for
28 MD90fan : I dont see how NAN(Fiji)-HNL-YVR works. From what it sounds like they really must be losing some major $$$
29 Planemanofnz : I think it was. FJ would probably recieve some of QF's 787 options. Another possibility is that FJ might get some 330's once JQ are finished with the
30 Blink182 : Summer '05 I had the pleasure of traveling on DQ-FJK on LAX-NAN-LAX (same aircraft both ways). Economy class of course! Flight time both ways is a goo
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