Abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5156 posts, RR: 54 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 11151 times:
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Trip Report: 043
Flight Category: Y-DSR (See Report End)
SDT/SAT/Delay: 0610/0640/00:30 hrs
Flight: Pacific Sun FJ 5, 26 miles
Seat: Economy, FS
I > Background:
Ok, I am back! After taking a sabbatical from trip reports for 5 months, here is the first installation from a series of trip reports. Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents. And, here is the best part … all of them were part of a 4 month break from life … pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.
I believe this will be the first TR on A.Net on Pacific Sun, the wholly owned subsidiary of Air Pacific.
II > Pre-Flight:
a) Before Airport:
Pacific Sun is the “new” wholly owned subsidiary of Air Pacific. It was formed in 2007 to provide primarily feeder service to Air Pacific’s international operations and provides flight in competition with Air Fiji across the breadth of the Fiji islands.
Booking for the flight was done using Pacific Sun’s website at www.pacificsun.com.fj . For a small airline, I was pleasantly surprised at the simple clean and well functioning website. It was much better than some majors out there. Within minutes, I had my tickets selected, purchased, paid, and e-tickets generated. Of course, there was no ability to change/edit/modify my booking; and none to select or change seats, but for such short island hoppers, does it really matter?
b) At Airport:
NAN domestic is a small airport. Check-in is done along with international operations. I woke up at 05.00am, was dropped at the airport at 05.20am, and had cleared check-in formalities by 05.30am. All very efficient. The check-in staff member was friendly and informed me that FJ has free seating on all its domestic flights. Post check-in, there is a café where I picked up some breakfast and waited for the boarding announcement. After the boarding announcement is made, you go through one door through one X-Ray machine (security) to the tarmac! I did so as well. Upon boarding through the rear stairway, I was greeted by 2 crew members. Y Load (well, entire aircraft was Y) was around 16%!!!
Airport - External:
Airport - Internal:
(I have many “issues” … one of them is an obsession with flight displays)
Scenes of the tarmac:
a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Juice after take off.
b) Aircraft + Seats:
FJ uses a ATR for the routing. The aircraft seemed well maintained and I found pitch and recline for a turbo-prop to be very generous. On the other hand, the cleanliness of the lavatory left much to be desired.
Views from Aircraft:
Seat Recline + Angle View:
c) Meal + Beverage:
For a 26 mile flight, I was surprised (and pleased) with the orange juice service.
(Juice and Newspaper – pleasant surprise for 29 miles flight)
d) Inflight Entertainment:
In-flight magazine of Air Pacific provided a read to complement the beautiful views through the window. Distribution of newspapers was a good touch for such a short flight.
(In-flight magazines, Boarding Passes, etc.)
The two attendants displayed warmth and carried out their limited responsibilities with dignity and efficacy.
Suva airport is positively comatose. Upon landing, my eyes were immediately fixated on the parked Convair CV-580. Besides that, there really is no attraction. Bags are brought to a claim belt on the tarmac, and then you walk outside to the waiting taxis.
(Taxiing in next to the Convair)
(Beautiful CV 580)
(SUV baggage claim)
V> Impressions + Scores:
Short flight with low expectations. I wanted to share with A.Netters a Pacific Sun flight in Fiji rather than make a comprehensive evaluation. For the routing in question (26 miles), FJ provided all one can ask for … clean, efficient, on-time service, connecting seamlessly to an international network. Small touches like the orange juice, the newspaper, and the great crew are a definite bonus. Definitely would fly with them again.
FRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2427 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 10518 times:
Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter): Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents.
Every a.net member's wet dream...
Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter): And, here is the best part … all of them were part of a 4 month break from life … pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.
I hate you... But seriously, how much total did this cost? Did you save like crazy? A 4 month break from life doing nothing but flying and seeing the world sounds AWESOME to me!!!
"Drunk drivers run stop signs. Stoners wait for them to turn green."
NZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 10488 times:
Great report and pics! The Fiji domestic scene has come a long way in the last year or so with Pacific Sun. Before that, having to go on Air Fiji was a nightmare with rust bucket planes and endless flight delays. I fly that route often, and actually I'm flying it again this wednesday. If you think the seat pitch on the ATR is generous, you should see what you get sitting at seat 2F! There are two rearward facing seats in front with endless legroom in between.
Abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5156 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10072 times:
Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 2): I hate you... But seriously, how much total did this cost? Did you save like crazy? A 4 month break from life doing nothing but flying and seeing the world sounds AWESOME to me!!!
= You know, you would be surprised. I am someone who usually flies J or F and then can walk into a USD 5.00 hotel and be OK dorming with annoying young tourists . Traveling can be surprisingly cheap if you know how to stretch the dollar/euro/pound/rupee/etc.
MilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10022 times:
I've really enjoyed your recent trip reports (heck, all of them for that matter). You and I have similar travel patterns - F/Jfor long haul, and Y for shorter stuff - and you like flying to weird places on weird aircraft. That's me in a nutshell (much to the annoyance of my girlfriend)...
The best praise I can give you is when I logged on I saw your CO trip report up the top, and then I immediately scanned all the reports looking for your name to see if you had written any more. All I can say is hurry up and write some more.
Abrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5156 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9685 times:
Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 6): The best praise I can give you is when I logged on I saw your CO trip report up the top, and then I immediately scanned all the reports looking for your name to see if you had written any more. All I can say is hurry up and write some more.
= Thanks for such an overwhelming compliment. I am indeed flattered. I have been really busy living in an airplane ... and on short term assignment living in Boston (COLD) ... but hopefully will have a chance to write one or two more over the weekend.