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New Micronesian Carrier - PacificFlier  
User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 680 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6648 times:

Folks, today new Palau-based start-up carrier PacificFlier announced it plans to commence services between Australia, Micronesia and Asia from January 2010.

http://www.pacificflier.com/

See the press release below:

Quote:
PacificFlier a new Palau based airline will begin flights on the 7th of January. PacificFlier offers services from The Republic of Palau to Manila (Clark Field) The Philippines, Guam, Tokyo (Narita) Japan and Brisbane Australia.*

A long time in the planning and making, PacificFlier has been able to inaugurate a schedule of services with the full backing of the government of the Republic of Palau.

http://www.pacificflier.com/wp-content/gallery/pacificflier/finalaircraft_positional.jpg

PacificFlier is opening up the very popular tourism destination of Micronesia, namely Palau and Guam by offering direct flights with greater and faster direct access particularly from Australia and Japan.

A team comprising of aircraft and airline operations professionals, freight and passenger marketing experts, government and regulatory advisors in Japan, Philippines, Palau, Guam and Australia have worked on this project to make it possible to experience PacificFlier throughout the extended route network.

Micronesia itself means ’small islands’ and this is a perfect way to describe the hundreds of tropical islands scattered across the heart of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the Philippines. Spread over a great distance, each has its own culture and personality. All, however, have one thing in common – they have been blessed with some of nature’s most captivating gifts.

Crystal clear waters beyond your imagination, the most immaculate beaches in the world, stunningly colourful coral reefs, lush rainforests, countless varieties of sea life and proud, welcoming and culturally diverse local inhabitants – that is Micronesia.

In Palau and Guam, PacificFlier have destinations for travellers looking for something new, but close and simply irresistible, just as holidays in paradise are intended.

The flying time is just six hours and is in the same time zone as Australia’s east coast. Passenger fares, freight rates and holiday packages have been very competitively priced with special introductory offers to both Palau and Guam available for all bookings made until 7th of January. So, now a holiday in an untouched paradise is a whole lot easier thanks to PacificFlier.

For all enquiries visit www.pacificflier.com or call 1300 220 757 (Australia)

PacificFlier will utilise a HiFly A310 and will offer Premium Economy and Economy (refer to following link http://www.pacificflier.com/flying-with-us/our-aircraft).



Great to see air services between Brisbane and Micronesia restored as well as further competition between Guam and Asia.

Exciting times ahead!

Cheers  Smile

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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6595 times:
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Hi QF175,

thanks for posting about this new airline. Sounds very good and the Business class looks very nice.

But... is not a little big aircraft or great ambitions to make these routes? Maybe a smaller aircraft as B737NG could fly these routes?

Regards,

Gerard



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User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6566 times:

How do they have flying rights from Guam to Brisbane? Is it something left over from the days when Palau was a US territory? Seems like one can't book online so I can't verify for sure but sure looks like full 5th freedom. Anyone know?

User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2699 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6546 times:

Nice how they simply used the Oman Air colours:

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By the way, this A 310, CS-TEI is well known on this forum and was subject to hot discussions  Wink
TAP A310 Low Pass At Portugal Air Show (by AF2323 Sep 17 2007 in Civil Aviation)

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User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2862 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

This is a great way for islands like Palau and Guam to hedge their bets against CO sharply reducing or entirely eliminating its Pacific island services. I say this because it has been said that a CO/UA merger would likely result in the dismantling of the GUM hub and associated regional ops.


Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

I really love their hybrid livery!

User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 680 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6097 times:

Airfares for Brisbane to Palau start from AUD$995 return and for Brisbane to Guam AUD$915 return (both airfares inclusive of taxes). Through fares to Manila/Tokyo don't yet appear to be available.

I wonder what the price range will be for Premium Class fares, as the product offering is rather decent:

http://www.pacificflier.com/wp-content/gallery/pacificflier/a310_interior01.jpg

It's disappointing that online bookings are not yet available, as it'd be interesting to see flight numbers etc.

Great to see old routes resumed and I hope this entices more Australians to visit Micronesia.

Cheers


User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6031 times:

Tokyo is the Only route that can work...Palau is a country of 14,000 so they are limited in scope the last airline Palau Micronesia Air only flew Palau Guam for one month...

PMA flew to Manila and Darwin Guam and YAP, Places locals like to go but tho make this work you have to fly to the Huge places like Japan and bring them to Palau...



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5979 times:

It is interesting that the airline includes schedules to connect to other cities. From CRK, the airline provides schedules to connect to NRT, GUM, and BNE.


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User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5974 times:

So where is this registered Philippines or Palau ??

User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5787 times:
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Quoting Cospn (Reply 9):
So where is this registered Philippines or Palau ??

I presume that the aircraft is registered at Portugal as CS-... The aircraft is wet-leased from Hi Fly...

Gerard



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User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5622 times:

Do they even have NRT slots ??? Or (402 permit) Foreign carrier landing rights for the USA ??

User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5597 times:
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Quoting Cospn (Reply 11):
Do they even have NRT slots ???

If their website says that flights are from Narita, I presume that it's true and right about your question.

Quoting Cospn (Reply 11):
Foreign carrier landing rights for the USA ??

As I know, Hi Fly has landing rights in USA. They operate the Airbus A340-500 fleet of Arik Air from LOS to JFK since few days ago...

Regards,

Gerard



El dia que los gilipollas vuelen, no podremos ver la luz del sol!
User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5580 times:

Well good... I wish them luck but the market is very limited, and A310 is a really big plane to fill, Fuel and Airport charges in NRT and ROR are excessive, hope fully they can 'tank up' in BNE,CRK, and GUM...the record of 30 days of flights ROR-GUM on PMA Palau Micronesia Air should not be hard to beat..

They shut down right before Christmas leaving many Philippino workers stranded with no money or flight home to MNL for the Holidays...


User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3654 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5572 times:
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Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 2):
How do they have flying rights from Guam to Brisbane? Is it something left over from the days when Palau was a US territory? Seems like one can't book online so I can't verify for sure but sure looks like full 5th freedom. Anyone know?

Palau does have a CoFA with the U.S. and is covered by FAA regulations. Remember, CO Micronesia does pick up and fly passengers between the Marshall Islands and FSM, two other countries with CoFAs with the U.S.


User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 680 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5414 times:

Having seen a more detailed Pacific Flier schedule, I can report the following:

ICAO designator - PFL
IATA designator - PI*

* on services to/from Tokyo, HiFly's "5K" IATA code will be used due to local regulations.

Most through-services will operate with the same flight number, an example being PI301 BNE-GUM-ROR-CRK.

Services will be inaugurated in Palau on 07JAN.

Upgrades to Premium Economy (I'd call it more of a Business Class) is at a cost of AUD$200 per sector (unsure as to local currency upgrade costs).

Can't wait to see an A310 in this part of the world once again!

Cheers


User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

How many days of cash burn do they have ??? Last time the Scam Investors ran out of money after 30 Days ?? Hope they planned better this time

User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5255 times:



Quoting Ha763 (Reply 14):

Palau does have a CoFA with the U.S. and is covered by FAA regulations. Remember, CO Micronesia does pick up and fly passengers between the Marshall Islands and FSM, two other countries with CoFAs with the U.S.

Oh yeah, I didn't think of the stops on the island hopper. Makes sense.

BTW, I got the idea that a CoFA is an agree blah, blqah, blah, but what does it stand for?


User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3654 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5103 times:
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Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 17):
CoFA is an agree blah, blqah, blah, but what does it stand for?

Compact of Free Association.


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