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Fiji Airways' (ex-Air Pacific) First A330 Picture  
User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6418 posts, RR: 38
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8569 times:

There was a thread a month ago which only included a picture of the tail. Here's the entire livery painted on that plane, snapped in Toulouse:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8512/8477644514_fc904d9f4f_c.jpg
F-WWKD // DQ-FJT Air Pacific (Fiji Airways) Airbus A330-243 - cn 1394 by Flox Papa, on Flickr


I must say it'll take time to grow on me but I won't mind a new livery flying into AKL.

[Edited 2013-02-15 17:27:34]


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User currently onlineatnight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8480 times:

I like it. Sure, it's white, but it certainly has a nice and distinct look to it thanks to the tail and font.


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User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8390 times:

I really like it, simple but still interesting and that tail will definitely stand out in an airport lineup.

User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2387 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7824 times:

When will the official rebranding take place? Is there a certain date from when they will be trading as Fiji Airways instead of Air Pacific?


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User currently offlineaerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2701 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7398 times:

Absolutely boooooootiful! Word to American Airlines... you don't need to crassly splash your flag across your tail to convey a sense of your home country.

This is bold, without being crass. And brown! Who knew brown could be used so effectively?!


User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6861 times:

Looks great.

Flying them down to Fiji next week on the old 744. I'm sure the A332 will be an upgrade on the route!
How many are they getting and when will the 747s leave?



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6673 times:

Hate to go against the grain but I don't like it. That livery doesn't summon up visions of tropical pacific island to me.

Might look better on an African airline.  


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7485 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6569 times:

Almost reminds me of a PIA livery.


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User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1269 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6292 times:

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 4):
Absolutely boooooootiful! Word to American Airlines... you don't need to crassly splash your flag across your tail to convey a sense of your home country.

One would have to actually have a culture in order to do so. I'm not allowed to reflect on or share my opinions on American "culture" here so perhaps AA should have used (insert blank) for their tail.

This A330 looks beautiful. It conveys my impressions of Fijian culture in similar way to what the old Air New Zealand scheme did on the DC10's. Reminds me of the days when when airlines represented so much more than they do now. Maybe we will see a resurgence in creativity coming from the smaller carriers of the world.


User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6418 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

Quoting Thomas_Jaeger (Reply 3):
When will the official rebranding take place? Is there a certain date from when they will be trading as Fiji Airways instead of Air Pacific?

Probably soon after they take delivery of at least one of these new planes. They already have started purely marketing themselves at Fiji Airways.

Quoting BlatantEcho (Reply 5):
Flying them down to Fiji next week on the old 744. I'm sure the A332 will be an upgrade on the route!
How many are they getting and when will the 747s leave?

Maybe an upgrade, but I'd take an upper deck Economy seat over any other any day. 3 A332s replacing the 2 744s they have. The 744s will leave when they get enough A332s I suppose.. Seems like they'll have all 3 by November.



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User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6087 times:

Looking good, the tail design is neat. But as stated above, it looks like an African airline now.

User currently offlineaerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2701 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6013 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 6):
Hate to go against the grain but I don't like it. That livery doesn't summon up visions of tropical pacific island to me.

Might look better on an African airline.

I think you've said this before, and it always seems tinged with... how to be delicate here... a euro-centric bias as to what a tropical island nation is (palm trees, sand, sun, sea). There are plenty of those airline liveries in the world and they're all pretty forgettable. This one conveys both culture and sophistication without resorting to stereotype, which should be applauded.

Out of interest... an African airline? How so?

[Edited 2013-02-17 12:35:43]

User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25155 posts, RR: 85
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5998 times:
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Quoting Fallap (Reply 10):
Looking good, the tail design is neat. But as stated above, it looks like an African airline now.

To those of us who live in the region, it's probably about as "South Pacific" as you can get.  

mariner



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User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5944 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 12):

I have no doubt about that, but for some reason, the brown colours and the pattern reminds me about the flag of Kenya  


User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25155 posts, RR: 85
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5927 times:
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Quoting Fallap (Reply 13):
I have no doubt about that, but for some reason, the brown colours and the pattern reminds me about the flag of Kenya

Come to Fiji - or anywhere in the South Pacific:

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/theme.aspx?irn=2312

 

mariner



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User currently offlineyyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16248 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5837 times:

Black and brown -- 2 dark (morose) colours. Not exactly fitting for a sunny holiday destination known for its flora.


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User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5801 times:

Quoting yyz717 (Reply 15):

Black and brown -- 2 dark (morose) colours. Not exactly fitting for a sunny holiday destination known for its flora.

But what if it's a rich cultural destination just as much visited for its Polynesian/Melanesian history? I don't think Fiji brings in the typical holiday traveler from Europe or North America anyhow, and by the look of it, those seem to be the only people who don't think this reflect Fiji properly.

[Edited 2013-02-17 13:26:01]

User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6616 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5744 times:

The tail is fine but going with that dark tail and a white body is too big a contrast, they should have added some patterns on the body.


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User currently offlineawysbsb From Brazil, joined Sep 2005, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5500 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 10):

But as stated above, it looks like an African airline now.

It would fit well on a Brazilian airline too.


User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4671 times:

First take off !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bycac/8488417187


User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2331 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4615 times:

Quoting bycac (Reply 19):

You could've done it like this as well:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8111/8488417187_a9df0c255a_b.jpg



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9780 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4441 times:

The new livery surely grabs attention but as others have said and what I've said as well, the livery lacks the turqouise blue tropical colors that the Fiji Islands have. Something turquoise blue in the livery will make the livery a lot better instead of the anti-Tropical dark colors it has now. Even so, I hope to photograph this aircraft some day.

A388


User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 6):

Hate to go against the grain but I don't like it. That livery doesn't summon up visions of tropical pacific island to me.

Might look better on an African airline.  

That's exactly what I love about it. It goes against the cliches of what defines the tropical pacific and very tastefully incorporates a much different, more authentic approach. There's a great deal more to Fiji than simply turquoise or rainbow colors, and rather than simply mimicking the numerous airlines that've already done that, the whole Fiji Airways branding instead proudly focuses on the people and heritage of Fiji.


User currently offlinerampbro From Canada, joined Nov 2012, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4362 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 6):
That livery doesn't summon up visions of tropical pacific island to me.

Looks like a traditional Fijian design to me. I have a modest collection of Fijian hand-crafted pieces (mostly baskets and weapons) and that tail would fit right in next to them. The colour evokes the cloudiness of kava bowl!

Quoting yyz717 (Reply 15):
Not exactly fitting for a sunny holiday destination known for its flora.

Uhh, real people live there too, ya know? And they might, like, need to travel for reasons other than holidays. Would you appreciate a new Air Canada livery that featured a red and black checkered lumberman's coat or a mountie hat?


User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10707 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Flying them down to Fiji next week on the old 744. I'm sure the A332 will be an upgrade on the route!

Quite nice, different due to the (ethno?) graphics. Although the basically boring current trend, naked fuselage with titles, is also found here. The decor on the engines do add a bit to a positive impression. It would have been nice to see the red circular tail motive also on the nose cone.

Quoting BlatantEcho (Reply 5):
Flying them down to Fiji next week on the old 744. I'm sure the A332 will be an upgrade on the route!

In Eco perhaps, but I´m sure business class on the 744, even on an old one, due to the unique 747 concept is better than a A330 can ever deliver.


User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4117 times:

I love the way it looks...very sophisticated. If I were to change anything, I would put the 'airways' bit next to (rather than below) the 'Fiji' bit so as to make it look a little less front heavy. Can't wait to see it.

For those interested, here is where Fiji Airways/Air Pacific intends to use it:
http://www.airpacific.com/about-us/n...ease-flights-with-arrival-of-a330s

Quoting mariner (Reply 12):
To those of us who live in the region, it's probably about as "South Pacific" as you can get.

  

Quoting A388 (Reply 21):
the livery lacks the turqouise blue tropical colors that the Fiji Islands have. Something turquoise blue in the livery will make the livery a lot better instead of the anti-Tropical dark colors it has now.

If that becomes a problem, they can always bring back the Island sticker:

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User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2968 posts, RR: 2
Reply 26, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

Does anybody know what the 'upgraded' 737s will be like? The press release linked above says that the entire fleet will be repainted and upgraded by the end of this year -- are they getting new seats, IFE etc or just new seat covers etc to match the colours used in the A330s?

Quoting na (Reply 24):
In Eco perhaps, but I´m sure business class on the 744, even on an old one, due to the unique 747 concept is better than a A330 can ever deliver.

They're installing lieflat seats (the same as SQ's regional J and VA's A330 J) which represent a rather significant upgrade in comfort and amenities. For the vast majority of people (ie every single person in the world who isn't on this forum), the A330 will be a far better experience than the existing 747s.


User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

For those people who think the new livery does not represent the feel of Fiji, it is worth noting that the tail design is meant to represent traditional "tapa cloth" which is produced widely throughout the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. In Fiji tapa cloth is made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera). Tapa cloth motifs are an emblematic image of tropical life in Pacific island cultures. Here is an image of a typical Fijian tapa cloth:



User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3425 times:

This livery is STUNNING and a great representation of the Fijian islands culture. I think it would have been quite nice to have some variations of the tapa design (like BA did with their world tails) having several individual tapa styles, but this will do.

I find it amusing the people who are expecting a rainbow, or a flower,, or something blue or green or even a toucan just because it's an island. Some probably do not even realize Fiji is not Polynesian, but Melanesian. Fiji also has almost a half population of Indians , and you''ll see Hindi writing on signs, and Hindu temples and curry restaurants all over,

It's a fascinating place


User currently offlineaviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1486 posts, RR: 14
Reply 29, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3311 times:

Very distinctive, very smart and very Fijian.

What an incredibly beautiful choice of colours (two shades of brown or Earth) and black. Hardly replicated by other airlines.

This is a very bold change that has given it instant association with Fiji. I love it and hope to see it in person someday. Maybe, just maybe, like the B744s, it might just come to Singapore for maintenance. Or at least pass through Singapore on its delivery flight.

KC Sim


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