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The Bula Boeings!: Air Pacific HKG-NAN-AKL  
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
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I N T R O D U C T I O N
The end of a chapter, and the start of another. A different idea, a revamped mission. Yesterday is history, but tomorrow is something totally new. My first report from my new life, location, and everything in between. Welcome!

Air Pacific –Fiji’s National Carrier- is a miniscule airline obviously relative to the size of its home base dotted on the South Pacific. The airline operates a domestic run between its hub at Nadi and Suva, in addition to regional flights that link Fiji to other South Pacific Islands such as Kiribati, Samoa, the Solomons, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Air Pacific also has its Australasian presence with regular services that link Fiji to both Australia as well as New Zealand; and this airline’s version of Ultra-Long Haul or flagship is a handful of non as well as one-stops to Honolulu, Los Angeles, and the recently added destination of Hong Kong. All in all, it may not be your tightest operation out there, but Air Pacific seems to have its reach to where it is necessary, i.e. wherever Fiji’s tourism is vastly enjoyed.

But of course, things do not seem to be too rosy around here, though when is it ever for your typical Islander airline? Isolated from the rest of the world, with a catchment area that can barely justify a 737, yet the only capable aircraft –in Air Pacific’s case- are a couple of aged SQ-hand-me-downed gas guzzling jumbo jets that most likely feature a struggle of an average load, yield or what have you.

And then there are the short-term radical changes in the airline’s strategic goals. Narita is dropped as a result of a dark political mess, though it’s replacement –Hong Kong- is proving to show traces of success. But it is then decided to drop the sole 767 on this route, and introduce a haywire capacity hike with the jumbo instead. Not to mention the sudden cancellation of the 8 Dreamliners and now the recent purchase of those A330’s. Surely, decisions need to be made here, but most certainly not whilst on crack!

Many argue that these short-lived changes are a result of mismanagement on the micro level, or perhaps the corruption on the macro side, in which any of these span a dimension of discussion well outside of this forum. It has been discussed before that Air Pacific’s second major shareholder, Qantas, is at a stake of pulling the plug, and these may just be the reasons why.

But all I can say, is this harbors an environment perfect for your typical aero-raver. An exotic airline on an island, with a fleet bordering the age of modern classics, and flying interesting routes of which at least half do not drop a single dime; Can it get any better than this? Perhaps, but for now, I am out to explore this to its potential.

Bula! Join me as we explore the wonders of Fiji and it’s National Carrier, Air Pacific.



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
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WELCOME TO MY 35thTRIP REPORT
This TR will cover my trip to Fiji on the following itinerary:

- Bula Boeing # 1: Hong Kong to Nadi on Air Pacific in Tabua Class (B767-300ER)
- Nadi overnight stay
- Bula Boeing # 2: Nadi to Auckland on Air Pacific in Tabua Class (B747-400)


AROUND THE WORLD
In August 2011, I embarked on my first ever Round The World trip. Over 10 days, this 'boutique' journey spanned across five regions and included an ideal mix of airlines, of which some are the legendary tried and admired, and others of the more exotic variety. This will result in a total of four TR's which will hopefully keep everyone entertained for some time to come.

Today's second episode, follows the following recently posted TR by our beloved reporter Mr. SR 103, aka KLM Royal Dutch Airlines:

Cathay Pacific: Re-Discovering The Heart Of Asia (by SR 103 Nov 8 2011 in Trip Reports)

While I am used to traveling alone, it is always more enjoyable to have some company for part, if not all of the journey. Both SR 103 and myself are huge fans of Cathay Pacific so this created such positive energy perfect for this trip. In the end, and as per SR 103's fantastic cover on Cathay Pacific, they scored ultra-high (expectedly), and especially with that upgrade.

I have covered my beloved Cathay Pacific a thousand times, so it couldn't have been any more perfect than for it come from just the very person who inspired me to write my own TRs! So if you haven't done so already, please enjoy it before reading this.



My RTW path so far


Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.




B A C K G R O U N D
It was a bit of a struggle trying to find an airline to transport me over this portion of the journey. In reality, it was Auckland that I needed to get to, and Nadi turned out to be an added bonus. As such, my initial flight search was based on options that would get me to Auckland in the most direct of ways.

If I were to skip the Hong Kong transit, Emirates would have been an option, but as EK usually gets my fair share of the game, I wanted this to be an EK-free RTW! Other options included Air New Zealand, Qantas, or even Cathay Pacific all the way.

Until one typical day, none other than Sam Chui simply said "try Air Pacific, you'll get on their only 767 which has never been revealed before, and they're so cheap." And his suggestion certainly did not disappoint. Air Pacific offered a perfect connection at Hong Kong, even all the way to Auckland. But since I was going to Fiji, it made sense to stay overnight and check things out.

Decision made, the next logical step was to hop online and purchase the ticket. On Air Pacific's website (www.airpacific.com), one can easily book an entire Fiji holiday including flights, hotels, and what have you. Out of all the islander airlines I have so far flown on, I found this website to be the most up-to-date and user friendly.

I was able to book my flight, including the stopover without any hassle, and purchasing my ticket was just as easy. However, considering that my fare was on the lower end of the scale, I was -for some odd reason- not entitled to pre-selecting my seat. But in the end it did not matter as the flight in Tabua Class -Air Pacific's theme for Business Class- was not full.

Ticket in hand, it was time to reveal Air Pacific! Of course, it is not my cup of tea to go on about being the first to cover an airline or a route, but I am more than happy to say that it is my first time on Air Pacific. Sam Chui had in the past covered this airline on the forum, and today, I hope this report will be as enjoyable as Sam's!



ORIGIN HONG KONG
Arriving Hong Kong at 11:35am on CX738, I had parted ways with SR 103 where I was to continue onto Nadi, and he stayed back overnight. I could have easily connected to Air Pacific by ways of an airside transfer desk, but instead I wanted to do this from its purest form of origin, i.e. the landside check-in counter.

As with Royal Jordanian, Kingfisher, Jet Airways, and Philippine Airlines, Air Pacific is one of those oddballs that uses Terminal 2 at Hong Kong International Airport. As off-beat as this Terminal may be, there can't be any better way to check-in for your flight, have a decent meal, watch planes, go to a museum, and watch a movie all within a few steps of walking distance from each other. Heck, you could even skip the check-in portion and do everything else if you liked, whether or not you were a traveler.



The check-in hall at Terminal 2







Inside The Discovery Centre at Hong Kong







From “Milk Run” to milked out!





Air Pacific is handled by Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong, which means that it is no different to checking in for a typical Cathay flight. There were a total of five counters allocated to Air Pacific, of which one was solely designated to handle Tabua Class passengers. Arriving at the counters at 1:55pm, I was instantly waived towards an agent as queues were at a minimum.



Air Pacific check-in counters







I was checked in within five minutes by a very efficient agent who managed to trace my connecting checked luggage, assign me a seat, print my boarding card, and prepare my lounge invite. All in all it was a very seamless process where I was then handed my documents, and also directed towards the Cathay Pacific Business Class lounge.



Boarding pass



Lounge invite





While previously traveling out of Terminal 2 on Jet Airways involved a maze of a walk/transport to get airside, I decided to take the more scenic route this time by walking towards Terminal 1 and accessing the airside facility through the immigration and security points from there.

At 2:35pm, I was at Terminal 1's immigration counters, where my boarding pass and details were verified at the document check station. While it wasn't an issue overall, It did seem like the agent had consulted with his colleague -in Cantonese / Mandarin- about my intention to go airside from T1 when I could have done so from T2. But in the end it was a non-issue and I was eventually done with both immigration and security by 2:45pm.



Airside at HKIA







All of my experiences at Hong Kong seemed to be quite balanced from a congestion point of view. I had never at any time felt like the airport was too crowded, nor too deserted. It was always a comfortable equilibrium where I casually arrive at my gate with or without any stop in between, and without any problem.

In order to get to Gate 50, and Cathay Pacific's 'The Pier', I had to take the mass people mover that I find to be quite the attraction at HKIA. Perhaps it is the most efficient means to transport passengers in an otherwise tedious walking distance to the main gate concourses. And all of that in just a few moments as the trains run at an ultra-efficient regularity.



As the people mover is a centralized function, crowds can bottle-neck in this part of the airport



And a few moments later I was able to enjoy such views







After the usual walks, smokes, and the sighting of the celebrity jets, it was time for a quick courtesy visit at The Pier. Frankly, wandering around HKIA beats any of the world’s greatest lounges, but since I was here, I ought to say hi!

At 3pm, I veered slightly to the side of my straight shot pathway across the Hong Kong Terminal, arriving right across from the subtle entrance to the lounge. A lounge and its amenities can definitely show much what an airline is all about, and this case it isn’t all that different. Many airlines create bells and whistles to grandeur-ize the entrance to their respective lounges, whereas others –like good old CX- like it simple, low-key, and straight to the point; in many ways this is what Cathay is all about anyways.

You can easily pass the lounge without noticing the almost camouflaged elevator/escalator designated solely for The Pier. However, a simple glance at the signage, and you will be assured that any step beyond this, will be typical Cathay quality all the way.



The Pier







Friendly and welcoming receptionists greeted me with smiles at the entrance, however further into the lounge, things were looking a little grim. Not an empty seat in sight as everyone and their mother was sprawled across all the available seating. With The Wing under refurbishment at the time, it was evident that this lounge was used to accommodate for two. So after a quick walk around –coupled with the fact that I was not up for a meal yet- I walked right on out after snapping a few shots.



Dining area



Main area







At 3:30pm, I headed towards the gate as it was almost –if not already- boarding time, and unlike my normal pace whilst traveling, I was definitely running behind schedule.



But I still had time for some pictures



Air New Zealand has called in



And so has Lufty



There’s always a seat for everyone at HKIA!





At 4pm, I was at gate 50, and true to my feeling, the flight was already bordering its Final Call stages, as I was about to join the remains of the queue. Or, another way to look at it would be that the queues associated with 767’s are simply no longer as large as they seemed to be back in the day.



Gate 50



Bula Boeing # 1!





Unlike some previous experiences, today’s ground staff is courteous and professional all the way. My boarding pass was scanned and ripped, after the usual document check, and the smaller stub handed back to me, all with a smile. And through the aerobridge to an experience spanking new for me!



Through the aerobridge





One of my favorite elements of the jet-setting experience –especially those that involve new airlines- is the welcome at door of the aircraft, and I was anticipating this one with much enthusiasm. Again, just like an airline’s lounge, the boarding welcome can not only reveal a lot about an airline, but it also sets the exact tone for the flight to come. My favorite one to date, is the welcome on SriLankan Airlines, and perhaps not much will come close anytime soon. But let’s see what this one’s all about anyways.

At Door 1L of the aircraft, there were two assigned for guiding passengers through the boarding process. To my right was a young Chinese lady –seemingly dressed in what I thought was Air Pacific’s ground staff uniform- that was predominantly tasked with assisting the Chinese-speaking passengers. To my left, was a chilled-out heavy-set gentleman from Fiji –the purser for today’s flight- dressed in a red flowery-top thrown casually over navy blue pants. Things were looking so chill and cool, with nothing to worry about; this is Air Pacific, and everything’s gonna be alright! Yeah man!

“BULA! .. Welcome on board!”


By 4:05pm, I was on board Bula Boeing # 1!



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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 21129 times:

BULA BOEING # 1
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AIR PACIFIC Flight Information:

SCR
/FJ/18AUG
S11
18AUG
HKG
KFJ392 27MAR29OCT1004060 256763HKGHKG1640 06501NANNAN J
GI BRGDS


Registration: DQ-FJC
Condition: 17.2 years old, delivered to Air Pacific in 1994

Remarks: NIL

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HONG KONG TO NADI
HKG - NAN
Scheduled Departure: 16:40
Actual Departure: 16:50 (Pushback)

Scheduled Arrival: 06:50+1
Actual Arrival: 06:50+1 (Touchdown)



BULA! This is Air Pacific!





Walking through the galley and turning right, I am met with Jessie –an elderly cabin crew from Fiji- standing at the entrance to the Tabua Class Cabin. “Bula, welcome on board sir,” she says ever so warmly, that I am instantly feeling the comforts of this flight. It is one thing that every one knows, is that Fijian people are very kind and welcoming, and with just a few interactions like these, I am beginning to notice.

The Boeing 767 played a major ‘aviation’ role during my childhood and also my college days. From transatlantic crossings on United, or the more recent KLM and even Martinair (so sad to see you go!), it is needless to say that this aircraft –while flown on to the point of eternal boredom- does have its special value as far as I’m concerned. So today was a nice blast from my own past, but with a new airline all the same. And such thoughts were immediately brought to my attention today, the moment I stepped foot inside the main Business Class cabin.

This cabin featured the more modern B767 interior, which –while a step behind the 764/777- was more or less the design that today’s current 777’s are based on. And even better, it is the very same design of KLM’s B767-300ER’s which I am, of course, far too aware of!

In Air Pacific’s flavors, the cabin ambience was featuring a retro-chill rasta-holiday sensation that offered the perfect dose of comfort for this 10-hour flight. The cabin was old to its bare bones, but it was clean and adequately maintained.



The Cabin







Similarly, the seat itself was simply just that, a seat with a bare minimum. A bright red pillow, headsets, and a freshly sealed blanket were placed over the seatbelt, and that’s pretty much it; and of course the usual inflight magazine, barf bag, and safety card that were neatly placed in the seat pocket across from me. In any case, less of today’s riff-raff means more space for cushions and padding and as such, this simple seat is a haven of ultra-comfort. I sank right into it and felt right at home!



The Seat



Leg Space



Blanket



Pillow



Headset





Once settled, Jessie approaches me with a tray of welcome drinks.

“Good afternoon sir, and welcome on board”
“Thanks”
“Would you care for a drink before takeoff? I have sparkling wine and orange juice”
“Orange juice please”
“Sure. And here is a bottle of water for the flight. I’ll place it right here”
“Thanks”



Welcome drink & water bottle





One thing I had not paid attention to, was the strumming tunes of Fiji music that was playing in the background. Perhaps that was what made me feel so relaxed today, as the mellow uplifting tunes playing under an ‘every little thing’s gonna be alright’ type of song, tranced the freakin daylights out of me! I did not care where I was or where I was going to, but I could only pay attention to the fact that everything –right here, right now- just felt so cool!

And in the midst of my cloud 9 imaginations, newspapers and magazines were offered, in which I declined.

At 4:25pm, the seatbelt sign was switched on, and by this time, most passengers were assumingly on board already. Looking around me, the Tabua Class cabin was more or less 50% full with a pair of seats allocated to each person today. In addition to a family of three in our cabin, most others in Economy Class were Chinese holidaymakers set to visit Fiji for some sort of a vacation.



Boarding complete!





At 4:30pm, our purser made an announcement to welcome us on board, and to advise us that our flight time for today was a nifty 10 hours, non-stop to Nadi. Shortly after, the doors were closed, the cabin crew commenced their final preparations before departure, and our Aussie captain came on the PA to advise us the more technical aspects of our flight such as routing, weather forecast etc.

By this time, I had also realized that the Chinese ‘ground-agent’ that was assisting passengers during boarding, had nothing to do with ground services at all. In fact, her primary role was to be present on the flight –as part of the crew- for any language assistance to our fellow Chinese passengers. As such, she made her round throughout the cabin one final time before taking her seat in the Economy Class cabin, in preparation for takeoff.

With a manual safety demonstration playing over a pre-recorded narration in both English and Cantonese / Mandarin, we commenced pushback at 4:50pm, and our engines hummed their ways over the taxiway and towards the active Hong Kong runway.



Pushing back



And taking off at 5pm



What a beautiful Hong Kong day!







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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 21028 times:

10 minutes into our climb, the seatbelt sign was switched off, and the crew was released to prepare for the service.



Cabin after takeoff





Jessie quickly reappeared in the cabin to distribute the menus for today’s flight.

“Mr. Hawi, this is your menu for the flight”
“We will be serving dinner shortly, and I will come around to take your main course order in a few moments”
“We will also be serving you breakfast before landing in Nadi tomorrow, and we also have snacks available for you at anytime throughout the flight”
“Thank you”
“Most welcome”

The menu was definitely one of the more unique varieties that is now a part of my collection, but reading through it can be quite confusing as the listing of the meal services are in no particular order with random meals on each page for each of the NAN-HKG and HKG-NAN sectors. So needless to say, it required a little bit of unnecessary effort and research till I figured out what I am being served today.



Menu





Drinks



HKG-NAN Breakfast



NAN-HKG Light Meal



HKG-NAN Main Meal



NAN-HKG Breakfast





“Mr. Hawi, have you decided on your main course?”
“Yes, I’d like to have the lamb curry please”
“Sure, and what would you like to drink?”
“A Bloody Mary please”



Hot towels were distributed shortly afterwards, and around the same time when Jessie returned to dress my table with a bright red table linen.



Island-funk table linen!





While the service preparations were ongoing, the IFE offering commenced on the overhead monitors. This Boeing 767 was so bare that it wasn’t even equipped with television screens; instead the classic projector screens were available, and something ‘silent’ along the lines of ‘Just for Laughs’ was playing. So by that time, it was safe to assume that a moving map can only be viewed in my own imagination.



Today’s overhead IFE



But, this is my own IFE! The Air Pacific Bloody Mary.. Cheers!





My meal tray appeared soon afterwards, and was nicely presented and included a bowl or carrot & pumpkin soup, a main course dish of lamb curry with basmati rice and vegetables that also came with paratha bread, tomato salsa, and coriander raita. Also on the tray was a set of silverware wrapped with a red napkin, chopsticks for those who wished to use them, and an Air Pacific-branded water glass.

“Would you like another drink with your meal Mr. Hawi?”
“Just a glass of water please”



Very nice meal tray!



Soup



Lamb Curry main course



Paratha bread



Raita & salsa



Water glass





The soup was thick and tasty but was not too warm. However, the lamb curry was outstanding. Lightly spiced, extremely spicy, and with a very balanced flavor, it must have been the Fiji influence! The Paratha was also not as oily as it should be –but that is something I normally prefer anyways- however, the cauliflower was a tad undercooked. Overall, it was an excellent meal, and I think Air Pacific scored extremely high so far.

My tray was promptly cleared as soon as I was through with my meal, and when offered a choice between coffee and tea, I declined as I was anticipating a few hours of sleep eventually.

“Mr. Hawi, would you care for cheese and dessert? I have German Cheesecake on offer”
“Sure, I’ll take both please”



Cheese & dessert



Cheese plate



German cheesecake





The cheese plate consisted of cheddar/brie cheeses and came with some grapes, dried fruit, a pre-wrapped set of crackers, and sliced carrots and celery; nothing too special, but tasted alright nonetheless as you can’t really go wrong with cheese. Dessert on the other hand was the letdown and it was nothing much more than a dump of generic cake on a plate, that was supposed to be cheesecake but in reality must have been something else.

My table was cleared once I was through, and Jessie then distributed portable IFE players, which are the added IFE ‘bonus’ for Tabua Class passengers.



Cabin after the meal service





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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
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By this time, the cabin lights were dimmed and the passengers zoned out into auto-flight mode, where some went right to bed, others caught on with some reading, and the rest flicked through their IFE players. This part during the flight, is definitely the most relaxing!



lights out





I reclined my seat to its cradle position, powered on my portable IFE player, and got into my comfort zone. To be frank, while the seat is outdated by today’s competitive standards, it still offers comfort levels that can far outdo the more modernly-frilled alternatives. Apart from a simple footrest and a 20% or so recline, you ain’t getting much more. But try sleeping on it, and if you’re like me, you’ll get a full night’s sleep as you would do on your own bed.



Portable IFE Player



Main menu



TV shows



Music videos



Music



Games



Audio books





The portable IFE players were typical to your standard offering in the industry, with nothing much that really interested me. I have always thought that such IFE players cheapen the premium product in some form, and I would much prefer to see it as part of the cabin’s actual hardware. Nevertheless, the ‘right’ thing to say is that this solution is better than not having any IFE, and in Air Pacific’s defense, these IFE players seem to offer more interesting features I personally haven’t seen on other products before, such as slightly more extensive media quantities, music and the ability to create your own playlist, and also audiobooks.

I kept the player running at something random, while I snoozed off into a very comfortable sleep; one of many in similar situations that I will be doing over this week-long RTW.



In bed with Air Pacific





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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20934 times:

Sleeping for six solid hours, I woke up at 12:30am Hong Kong local time. With no airshow I had no idea which part of the flight were in, but judging by the lit cabin in Economy Class, we must have been close to arrival. So with that thought in mind, a visit to the lavatory to freshen up –and take a photo- was the next logical step.



The Air Pacific lavatory







At around 1:05am Hong Kong local time, the cabin lights were turned on in Tabua Class, and a hot towel service was conducted to commence the second service. With this, passengers slowly appeared back into life and prepared for breakfast.



Cabin lights on





Jessie appeared in the aisle rolling a trolley to set our tables up for breakfast.

“Mr. Hawi, your breakfast”
“Would you like a glass of orange juice? Or maybe water?”
“Orange juice please”

After placing my tray on the table, I was also offered a selection of cereal from a basket, in which I chose Frosties.

My tray set-up included a bowl of milk, a fruit plate, a bread plate, butter, a glass of orange juice, a set of silverware wrapped in a red napkin, and chopsticks.



Breakfast tray



Fruit



Tray view





The milk was cold enough and the cereal was as what Frosties is meant to be like. In addition, the fruit was refreshingly cool and fresh, and was an excellent way to begin ‘the day’. Once I was through, my plates were cleared, and then Jessie rolled out another trolley offering coffee/tea and breakfast pastries.

“Would you like some coffee Mr. Hawi?”
“Yes, with milk please”

After placing my coffee cup on the tray, Jessie then offered me a selection from the breadbasket, in which I chose a croissant and a muffin; both of which were nice and warm.



Coffee



Muffin & croissant





Jessie returned shortly afterwards, with a third trolley for the classic breakfast buffet. On the trolley was a nice presentation that consisted of omelet with cheese, asparagus, mushrooms, bacon, potato, and chicken sausage. For me, I selected the omelet with some asparagus, mushrooms, and potato.



The breakfast trolley





my breakfast plate





While the vegetables were on the cold side, the potato and the omelet were excellent. The omelet was nice and fluffy, and filled with just the right amount cheese. The potatoes were warm, crispy on the outside, and soft inside. Well done again Air Pacific on the catering front so far!

Once my table was cleared after breakfast, it was time to visit the Economy Class cabin.



Economy Class cabin



Back at Tabua Class





My seat after 10 hours



Cabin lights were dimmed again for a short while after breakfast





At 6:30am Nadi local time, our captain came on the PA to inform us that we were soon at top of descent, and that we were expected to be on the stand and disembarked by 6:55am. Following this, the purser made an announcement that disinfectant was to be sprayed in the cabin before arrival, as per local customs requirements.



Cabin lights on for landing preparations





During the arrival preparations, Fiji music was played again, and this was to remain so until arrival at Nadi. At 6:25am, the seatbelt sign was switched on, and the crew continued their final preparations for landing.



Cabin before landing





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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20903 times:

DESTINATION NADI
At exactly 6:50am, we touched down at Nadi International Airport, bringing this part of the journey to an end. Many passengers –and for valid reasons of course- were anxious to get the hell out of the plane after 10 hours, but for me, it is always a feeling of sadness.

Please click on the following link to view the landing video (with Fiji music rocking the place in the background):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy0hqFGydfs



As with most Island airports, taxiing to the airport merely involves a few minutes, and within no time we were at our stand with the engines powered off and the seatbelt sign switched off.



Sistership DQ-FJL at the adjacent stand





At disembarkation, I thanked both Jessie and the purser for the wonderful flight, and proceeded through the aerobridge and Bula into Fiji! At Nadi, the aerobridges are linked to an outdoor hallway that links all gates to the main terminal building. So needless to say, it involves a beautiful outdoor walk past the aircraft before arriving to the terminal; something similar –perhaps a bit more sophisticated- to KUL’s LCCT.



My aircraft after arrival from HKG



Walking towards the main terminal



A typical island welcome!





Once inside, I reached the immigration counters before the queue formed, and hence, it was an effortless affair. Once my passport was stamped, I proceeded towards the baggage claim to collect my luggage.

Unlike Noumea and Reunion, Nadi International’s arrival facilities definitely have more capacity to handle wide-body aircraft with a little more ease. With several immigration counters and baggage claim belts, passenger flow can be a tad smoother here, with less funky bottlenecks.



Was Changi in town or something?



Baggage claim





At the curbside, I was met with a kind older gentleman from Indian descent, who was to be my taxi ride to the hotel, the First Landing Beach Resort and Villas. For approximately USD 20 I was at the hotel within 20 minutes.



Please view the following portion of this report for an overview of my stay in Nadi.



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”NANDI”
I had a 24-hour stay in Nadi before catching my onward flight to Auckland. As I mentioned previously, I could have easily made the connection within a few hours from my HKG arrival, but it would be silly not to experience a little bit of Fiji outside of the airport.

When searching for accommodation, it seemed that the better hotels were located on islands adjacent to Nadi, which was not a part of my plans. But however, I came across the First Landing Beach Resort and villas –located right on Nadi island- which had quite the positive reviews. And so, it was selected for my stay.

A major part of my RTW was to include as much beach, sun, and sand as possible, and for this I planned to stay at the resort for the entire time, without exploring the city’s offerings. Nevertheless, it was a great Fiji experience at the First Landing Resort, as the beach was clean, the rooms –or villas- were fantastic, great food, and the staff all over was amazing! So let the pictures do the talking for this portion of the report.



Outside view of my villa at the report



Greenery all over the resort



Very spacious and tasteful







Desk



Bathroom with Jacuzzi



Sink



My very own patio



Canapés & cocktails served on the beach every night by friendly staff



Definitely the most exotic curry I have ever had!



Beach



This resort is famous for its large ‘footprint’





Ample seating area outside







Who needs a pool when there’s a beach!





Overall, I had a pleasant experience in Fiji, and perhaps I would return again sometime in the future to explore further beyond Nadi. It is indeed that Fiji hospitality is very warm, laid back, and straight from the heart. The people are down to earth and welcoming from all walks of life. From the immigration staff, to the taxi driver, the hotel employees, to the airport check-in staff, and even those that worked at the duty free shops. There’s no pretending, it’s just cool, and very nice!

But now it was time to move on; off to Auckland, and back to my RTW!



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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20839 times:

ORIGIN NADI
Traveling eastbound across several time zones can really add its toll to your jetlag, and from my experience, hopping around between the Middle East and Australasia happens to give me the worst of its kind! With just two flights into my RTW, I was already feeling the zombie-like effects, especially when realizing it was time to leave the hotel after being up from 11:30pm the night before.

I had pre-arranged with the same taxi driver that dropped me off the previous day, for a pickup at 6:30am. So, at 6:15am, I left my room to hand over my key to the porter on duty, and wait for my ride to arrive. As it was early in the morning and the reception desk hadn't yet opened for the day, all my checkout arrangements were made the night before.

My pick-up arrived at 6:20am, and after a 20-or-so minute ride, I was dropped off at Nadi International Airport's departures curbside. There were a few cars and people here and there, but that's enough to know that this sunrise hour was a peaking time for departures and arrivals alike at this island airport!



Nadi International Airport







After the regular smokes and pictures, I proceeded inside the terminal at 7am for check-in. The International Departures area of the airport is more or less a single rectangular building with dim interiors that are poorly lit. Check-in counters -allocated by flight for Economy Class, and stand-alone for Business Class- run alongside the length of the building, and apart from a few money exchange and souvenir booths, not much else is available commercially. Overall the departures hall was quite dull, much like O.R. Tambo, or maybe Sydney (although SYD is by far better). Furthermore, with morning flights to BNE, AKL, SYD, and HKG all departing within the same wave, the building was heaving with people left, right, and all over the check-in counters.



Departure hall





Tabua Class passengers are entitled to a dedicated check-in service through counters 9-12. A small queue was formed by the time I joined in, but it was moving very quickly and efficiently.



Very nice Tabua Class check-in counters











At my turn for check-in, I handed my documents to a very friendly agent who quickly attended to my turn.

"Good morning sir, how are you?"
"I'm fine thanks"
"Where are you traveling today?"
"Auckland. Here's my ticket, passport, and also my ticket showing my onward journey beyond Auckland"
"Thank you, very organized!"

According to the agent, the flight was overbooked in Economy, and upgrades will also fill up the Tabua Class cabin. But not much of a worry for me, as I had pre-selected my favorite seat in the house; the middle seat adjacent to Doors 1L & R facing the nose of the jumbo.

"Mr. Hawi, this is your boarding pass to Auckland. You are seated in seat 5E which is an aisle seat, and we will board the flight from Gate 3"
"The lounge is located on the same level after immigration, and you will be required to show your boarding pass before entering"
"Please enjoy your flight!"
"Thank you very much!"



Very 'Qantasy' boarding pass



Air Pacific bag tags





After immigration and security, I was airside by 7:40am, where -as with other Australasian airports- I found myself walking right by the Duty Free. The airside facility of Nadi International Airport is split into two levels. The first area is on the same level as immigration and security, and this houses the airport's duty free shop, and the airline lounges. An escalator located at the end of this small hallway leads to the second level which is the main airside hall that houses the gates, more shops and F&B outlets.



Airside









The next logical step after this, was a visit to the lounge. Located behind the escalators, the lounge is only a short walk from immigration.



On the way to the lounge





However, once inside, I found the situation to be rather horrific! Not a single seat was available, and there were passengers everywhere. All standing space on counters, tables, and even table -sides was also occupied, and there even were several people seated on the floor with their plates having a meal as if on a virtual table. Looking at all that, and also at the check-in counter-like queue that was formed only for the breakfast buffet, not only did I decide to leave the lounge, but I opted out of taking any picture of it. Heck, me and my camera barely fit inside anyways!

Up the escalators, I arrived at the gate area, which was also an area bustling with lots of departing activity, from queued boarding and final call announcements, to passengers running back and forth to board their flights, and also others seated across the ample seating throughout the terminal as they wait for their respective flights. It was a typically crowded terminal, but not necessarily my favorite one.



There is ample seating everywhere





But there's also some empty space like this







A main restaurant serving snacks, hot, and cold food, as well as drinks is located in the center of the building. I was famished, so I ordered a nice meal, and camped out for a short while by an empty table while I had my breakfast.



Restaurant



Breakfast!



Took a seat and waited for my flight





By 9am, passengers began to queue in front of the door leading towards gates 1-4, which presumably were my fellow passengers headed towards Auckland.



Forming queue





Boarding commenced at 9:10am, where those requiring assistance were let in first, and soon followed by the rest. Similar to yesterday's arrival, the boarding process leads passengers out of the gate area into an outdoor hallway that connects to all the aerobridges.

My boarding pass was scanned and ripped, and the friendly agents wished me a pleasant flight -with smiles- upon returning the stub back to me. And off we go!



On the way to the aircraft



Bula Boeing # 2!





At Door 1L of the aircraft, I was met with a smiling purser welcoming everyone on board. Across the aisles, were two other cabin crew by Door 2L adding to the boarding welcome as well.

"Bula, good morning, welcome on board!"



By 9:15am, I was on board Bula Boeing # 2.



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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20838 times:

BULA BOEING # 2
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AIR PACIFIC Flight Information:

SCR
/FJ/20AUG
S11
20AUG
NAN
KFJ411 27MAR29OCT 0000060 458744 NANNAN1000 1300AKLAKL J
GI BRGDS


Registration: DQ-FJK
Condition: 22.2 years old, previously in service with Singapore Airlines, Ansett Australia, followed by Singapore Airlines again before a 2003 delivery to Air Pacific

Remarks: NIL

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NADI TO AUCKLAND
NAN - AKL
Scheduled Departure: 10:00
Actual Departure: 09:55 (Pushback)

Scheduled Arrival: 13:00
Actual Arrival: 12:40 (Touchdown)



Welcome to Bula Boeing # 2!





Being on a jumbo is always a special event, and today is no different. In addition, being seated at the nose section of this beautiful aircraft is even more of a privilege. Whether it's for comfort, space, or even the view of both sides of the aircraft joining together at the tip, this part of the aircraft will always be special to freaks like us, and even to our everyday clueless passengers.

In Air Pacific's Bula-esque flavors, SQ can still be felt across the cabin. Not sure what it was exactly as it wasn't so tangible; but perhaps it could only be the actual seats that give it away. The cabin is old and tired, but it's there, and its maintained to standards acceptable to probably the greater bunch.



The cabin







As with the B767, the seat on this aircraft offered more or less the same features and comfort, in addition to its larger size and the fact that it is equipped with a personal IFE screen. Placed on the seat was a freshly laundered pillow and a blanket, and the usual barf bag and literature in the seat pocket across from me. My leg space was limited to the distance between my seat and the middle table, but it was adequate enough anyways. A perfect setting for this Jumbo-short hop to Auckland!



The seat





Leg space





Compared to my previous flight from Hong Kong, there was a noticeable difference in the crew and the service. Yesterday things were warm and snuggly, whereas today it was a job that needed to be done, quickly.

Usenia from Fiji, was one of two in charge in the Tabua Class cabin today, and she offered a round of welcome drinks -mainly orange juice- to all passengers as they made themselves comfortable in the seats.

"Care for some juice?"
"Yes please"



Welcome drink





Menus were then distributed, and as with the previous flight, finding what your meal proved to be a challenging task for many of us. There was no sector listed on the menu which generally isn't a problem, but when three meals (light, main, and breakfast) and two inflight snacks are listed, you would wonder what's what for this short flight. However, it was clear that we were to be served a main meal after a fellow passenger had asked one of the crew for clarification.



Menu





Drinks



Main meal



Light meal & snack



Breakfast & snack







I sipped on my orange juice and browsed through the menu, as passengers continued to board the aircraft.



Boarding continues









At 9:50am, our captain came on the PA to welcome us on board. He also advised us of our routing to Auckland, and that our flight time today was 2 hours and 50 minutes. Soon afterwards, the doors were closed and we pushed back at 9:55am.



We are ready to depart





A manual safety demonstration was conducted as we taxied towards the active runway, followed by a final cross-check by the crew.

At exactly 10am, this queen of today's sky gracefully strutted across the runway before lifting off into the path towards Auckland. There is something special about this aircraft's engine hum during takeoff and landing that distinguishes it from anything else. Like a Rolls Royce or maybe a Ferrari, a machine in its purest form, the B747 experience will never be matched, ever again!



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20815 times:

Reaching cruising altitude, the seatbelt sign was switched off, and the crew was released to prepare for the service.



Cabin after takeoff





Both Usenia and Parmesh -our second in charge in our cabin- conducted the hot towel service and took the meal orders.



Hot towel service



Meal orders





"Would you like to have a drink from the bar?"
"May I have a Bloody Mary please?"
"Sure. And for lunch?"
"I'll have the chicken curry please"

My Bloody Mary arrived shortly afterwards, and was served with a small bowl of savory snacks. For those of you that do follow my Bloody Mary ratings, Air Pacific serves up a great one with all the right ingredients!



Bloody Mary





While having my drink, I pulled out my IFE screen for a quick view. I did not pay much attention to what was on offer in the non-AVOD selection but instead, I was fixed on the moving map as usual.



IFE screen





Exotic moving map maybe?



IFE controller (Suryo, my EK pen has joined me on this flight too)





Parmesh reappeared in the cabin to dress our tables with linens, and this was followed by Usenia manning a trolley containing the meal trays and a selection of wines.



Meal service preparations









At my turn, my table was dressed, and the tray placed on my table. I was also offered a glass of wine -in which I declined- and a selection from the breadbasket.



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20779 times:

My tray was nice presented -similarly to my previous flight from HKG- and consisted of a starter plate of Kokoda and fruit, a dessert plate of pineapple and coconut cake, a bread plate, a salt & pepper pack, a set of silverware wrapped in a red napkin, and an Air Pacific branded water glass.



Meal tray



Starter



Dessert



Tray view







As Kokoda is a salad made from raw fish -in which I did not find out until now- I did not venture much further beyond a few simple tastes. Similarly, the fruit was a little on the soggy side and did not feel or taste fresh at all. As such, the starter was left aside.

Once my plate was cleared, it was promptly replaced with my main course which included chicken curry served with steamed rice, spinach, eggplant, and tomato, and accompanied with dhal soup and roti.



Main course







The main course was excellent, as the chicken was tender breast meat, and the curry was mildly spiced with a balanced flavor. I was feeling quite full at this point, so I skipped on the roti, dhal, and also dessert.

A final round of cheese/crackers and coffee/tea was conducted, in which I also declined, before my table was cleared, and was released for the very important lavatory inspection.



Air Pacific properly maintains its lavatories inflight







A quick visit at the Economy Class section





Back in Tabua Class





At 12:10pm local time in Auckland, the crew made an announcement that the duty free and the bar will be closed, and that the IFE program will end as we were nearing our arrival into Auckland. This was shortly followed by a PA by our captain that we were soon reaching top of descent and were expected to arrive within thirty minutes.

As we began descending towards Auckland, the headsets were collected, as were the menus (which I held onto mine and 'fell asleep' during collection), and the crew made their final preparations for arrival. At 12:30pm the seatbelt sign was switched on, which strangely happened at a stage later than normal during our descent.



This is why I love the nose section











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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20827 times:

DESTINATION AUCKLAND
Touching down at Auckland at 12:40pm -twenty minutes ahead of schedule- the royal hums of our engines was a signal that my Air Pacific experience had come to an end.

This is my second time in Auckland, and this is also the second time I arrive in such beautiful weather. For once, I was actually glad that I was getting off the plane; maybe it is Auckland's aura or something?

At the gate, I gathered my belongings and proceeded to exit the aircraft, thanking the crew for their efforts on this flight. Both immigration and customs -minus the queues- are much easier to deal with in Auckland than at neighboring Sydney. In today's case, the queues were at a minimum and I was out in no time.

My layover time in Auckland was 24 hours, with a stay at the Jet Park Airport Hotel. So what normally happens in Auckland? Where does one go, what does one see, and/or who does one see whilst there? Let's keep this for the next TR!




C O N C L U S I O N
I would like to thank my good friend Sam Chui for his perfect -as always- suggestion that I fly Air Pacific for this portion of my RTW. It was a new airline and a new experience for me, which would have otherwise resulted in something a little less creative perhaps.

As the airline itself seems to be headed in confusing directions -a trend seemingly similar across a vast number of other 'island' airlines- it may be this that reflected in the contrasting service levels on both of my flights. Service on the flight from Hong Kong matched that of any of today's top airlines with warmth, professionalism, and for the most part attention to needs. The flight to Auckland on the other hand -while not a bad experience per se- was more or less the opposite experience. Perhaps a fully loaded B747 is harder to handle, or maybe this short hop to Auckland is far from a flagship and gave way for everyone kick back and chill.

But overall, I think Air Pacific offers a decent soft product that I would definitely take up again in the near future if need be. The hardware on the other hand is definitely not up to today's standards, and perhaps this can be rectified once -and if- those new A330's come through.

So where do I go next from here? Please don't make it public if you do know, otherwise sit tight while I prepare the next report so we could all find out!



A final picture before closing this TR.



Goodies





This concludes my Trip Report. I hope that you have enjoyed it; your comments are always welcome!



Regards,
Roni







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- Canon PowerShot G11
- Sigma 10mm Fisheye
- Sigma 10-20mm Wide Angle
- Canon 20-35mm



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 20560 times:

Hi

nice trip report as usual, enjoyed the read! I think this is the first time I read something from Fiji Air Pacific
While not having all the whistles and bells like SQ, QR, TG,JL, ... They still have to offer a decent product with comfortable seating!
I really admire the special effect pictures you put in!
keep em coming!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2401 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 20502 times:

GREAT TR, GREAT PICTURES!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
In Air Pacific’s flavors, the cabin ambience was featuring a retro-chill rasta-holiday sensation that offered the perfect dose of comfort for this 10-hour flight.

So true - it reminded me very much about my experience with Air Seychelles's B767 classic fleet (soon to be gone)...   


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 20292 times:

Hi Roni!

Excellent report with excellent pictures as always!

Interesting to see what Air Pacific has to offer and it all seems a bit dated but a good chance to experience that now before the 332s arrive.

Seats don't seem too comfortable and I'm,very impressed you can get good sleep in seats that only recline 20%......Personally I usually need a true horizontal lie-flat seat unless I'm really tired.

As for HKG, I usually walk all the way from the checkpoint out to gate 50-60 and enjoy the view of the great aircraft outside; no need to take the train 

Meals look nice but they really need to make the menus less confusing......

Hotel looks great and I would probably stay there once I go although it may be a while.......

I much prefer a window seat on the 747 although I've had similar seats to the one you had.

Looking forward very much to the next report in this series!

The777Man



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 20272 times:
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Hi Roni,

Good to finally read another one of your reports, you've been far too quiet for my liking!  
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
While previously traveling out of Terminal 2 on Jet Airways involved a maze of a walk/transport to get airside, I decided to take the more scenic route this time by walking towards Terminal 1 and accessing the airside facility through the immigration and security points from there.

- I've never thought of going to T1 to clear security, always taken the T2 route, which seems to take too long for my liking.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
What a beautiful Hong Kong day!

- Indeed, quite unlike my visit in October

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
My meal tray appeared soon afterwards, and was nicely presented and included a bowl or carrot & pumpkin soup, a main course dish of lamb curry with basmati rice and vegetables that also came with paratha bread, tomato salsa, and coriander raita. Also on the tray was a set of silverware wrapped with a red napkin, chopsticks for those who wished to use them, and an Air Pacific-branded water glass.

- Not a bad looking meal, that water glass looks very similar to the ones RJ use.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Dessert on the other hand was the letdown and it was nothing much more than a dump of generic cake on a plate, that was supposed to be cheesecake but in reality must have been something else.

- Desert does seem to be one of the constant letdowns of a J meal.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Not a single seat was available, and there were passengers everywhere. All standing space on counters, tables, and even table -sides was also occupied, and there even were several people seated on the floor with their plates having a meal as if on a virtual table. Looking at all that, and also at the check-in counter-like queue that was formed only for the breakfast buffet, not only did I decide to leave the lounge, but I opted out of taking any picture of it. Heck, me and my camera barely fit inside anyways!

- Sounds like the LH lounges in FRA!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Menus were then distributed, and as with the previous flight, finding what your meal proved to be a challenging task for many of us. There was no sector listed on the menu which generally isn't a problem, but when three meals (light, main, and breakfast) and two inflight snacks are listed, you would wonder what's what for this short flight. However, it was clear that we were to be served a main meal after a fellow passenger had asked one of the crew for clarification.

- It appears these menu's are supposed to be re-used, looks like it from your images, if so, a page number and meal type should be advised when there are various options such as these.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I pulled out my IFE screen for a quick view. I did not pay much attention to what was on offer in the non-AVOD selection but instead, I was fixed on the moving map as usual.

- A true A.Netter, who cares about the films, where are we!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Kokoda is a salad made from raw fish -in which I did not find out until now- I did not venture much further beyond a few simple tastes.

- I'm with you brother, not to my liking!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Once my plate was cleared, it was promptly replaced with my main course which included chicken curry served with steamed rice, spinach, eggplant, and tomato, and accompanied with dhal soup and roti.

- Not a bad looking dish!

Looking forward to the next instalment, no idea who/why or how as you've not dropped me a line, so I'll just have to wait like everybody else!

Cheers

Mark

BTW - did you re-fix the trip as per Nicholas?



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User currently offlinecoffeebar From Israel, joined Sep 2011, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 20255 times:

Hi

I'm glad to have a chance to say that It's always such a pleasure to read your trip reports and this one was no exception.
You have a real gift in your writing, which makes the reader feel he is there, enjoying the experience with you - and getting to know you - all at the same time.

Cheers

Coffeebar

[Edited 2011-12-05 15:48:11]

User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 20037 times:

great report!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 11):
As Kokoda is a salad made from raw fish -in which I did not find out until now- I did not venture much further beyond a few

looks like our local Ceviche!!! the Peruvian tradional stuff from the coast! mmmm



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlinejfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1416 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 19960 times:

My wife and I stayed at the First Landing resort on our honeymoon. Such friendly staff. Thanks for the memories.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26863 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 19874 times:

Hey Roni great to see a report from you  

Lovely photos as usual and a step back in time in terms of product. I love the seats  

The food looked lovely, curry and Roti is always a bonus for me ! I can eat it 24/7 .

Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 19767 times:

Hi Roni,

Great report with fantastic pictures. It's been well worth the wait to read another one of your reports.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
ORIGIN HONG KONG

HKIA never fails to impress me!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
The soup was thick and tasty but was not too warm. However, the lamb curry was outstanding. Lightly spiced, extremely spicy, and with a very balanced flavor, it must have been the Fiji influence!

That meal looks fantastic!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 8):
It was a typically crowded terminal, but not necessarily my favorite one

Wow, the place looks like a madhouse... It's also disappointing that the lounge didn't have enough capacity.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 11):
The main course was excellent, as the chicken was tender breast meat, and the curry was mildly spiced with a balanced flavor. I was feeling quite full at this point, so I skipped on the roti, dhal, and also dessert.

Another great meal, good job FJ

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 910 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 19654 times:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
Perhaps that was what made me feel so relaxed today, as the mellow uplifting tunes playing under an ‘every little thing’s gonna be alright’ type of song, tranced the freakin daylights out of me! I did not care where I was or where I was going to, but I could only pay attention to the fact that everything –right here, right now- just felt so cool!

That's exactly the feeling I've tried to remember since, as a small lad in 1994, I first heard the phrase "Hakuna Matata". I've been pleasantly surprised at how well it works, even these days.

Nice on the look into Air Pacific. For some reason, it looked nicer than what I was expecting. Well, I suppose it's not "some" reason - I imagine they actually try to be good at what they do. In that case, I'm glad you had a pleasurable leg on your RTW.

In case I get nowhere in trying to crack the mystery of your next report, I'll be patiently waiting for it!   



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 19392 times:

Hi Roni,

I was really glad to discover this fantastic report today, I had been looking forward to it. Perfect text, perfect pictures - you confirmed once again that you are the best trip reporter here!

FJ's hardware is indeed outdated, but the product is still impressive. Most of the food looks delicious! I once considered flying LAX-NAN-AKL, but never booked it. I may have a look at the airline again when the A332s are active.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
But, this is my own IFE! The Air Pacific Bloody Mary.. Cheers!

That looks very nice!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
My meal tray appeared soon afterwards, and was nicely presented and included a bowl or carrot & pumpkin soup, a main course dish of lamb curry with basmati rice and vegetables that also came with paratha bread, tomato salsa, and coriander raita.

Wow, great stuff!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The portable IFE players were typical to your standard offering in the industry, with nothing much that really interested me. I have always thought that such IFE players cheapen the premium product in some form, and I would much prefer to see it as part of the cabin’s actual hardware.

I can only agree.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Once my table was cleared after breakfast, it was time to visit the Economy Class cabin.

Do you know what was behind that curtain? Crew rest area? Sick passenger?

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):

Definitely the most exotic curry I have ever had!

That looks interesting!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 12):
My layover time in Auckland was 24 hours, with a stay at the Jet Park Airport Hotel.

Ah, good choice. I hope you enjoyed your stay at that hotel as much as I did.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 12):
Where does one go, what does one see, and/or who does one see whilst there?

No doubt, you have to meet NZ107 when going to AKL!


PH



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User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 532 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 19286 times:

Excellent TR Roni!

Air Pacific is such an exotic airline. In some ways it is so much like Sri Lankan, although UL is much more "mainstream"

The cabins are well maintained (even though the planes are old) and the service by the crew looked quite warm.

The food looks quite good too. I noticed that there is quite a bit of an Indian influence there!

Waiting for the next installment, Roni!  

Cheers,
Vivek


25 Post contains images N178UA : Hi my friend! I am delighted to read this latest TR and the mood of this TR was so great! Absolutely love the cover picture and the fish eye angle fro
26 Post contains images ronerone : Dear All, Many thanks for your comments and your continued support! Hi MSS658, I absolutely agree. Their long-haul offering is very good! Thanks for t
27 Post contains images flightsimboy : All the best to you, Roni on your new life, location!! Your surroundings, situations may have changed, but you still remain the stellar trip reporter
28 Luxair747SP : Hi Roni, as usual outstanding Tripreport. You also showed us many high quality pictures. The service on Air Pacific looks very good and right to give
29 Post contains images ronerone : Many thanks flightsim! Yes indeed, that RTW was the perfect recharge. The ideal midpoint between old and new, both job and home And if it wasn't for
30 767747 : Another excellent report, ronerone! How great to read about Air Pacific. I have read a few reports about them in this forum, and they look to be a ver
31 Carfield : Thanks Roni for another excellent report! Air Pacific looks like an interesting carrier and I am glad that the service works out fine. The seats look
32 Post contains images ronerone : Thanks Mathew Glad you enjoyed it! The lazy boy chairs and all their affiliates are the absolute best Thanks Carfield! I was waiting for someone to b
33 mk777 : Hi Roni, Very nice TR. I specifically love the pictures from your hotel/resort in Nadi, it looks so inviting. The food looks scrumptious and tastefull
34 Post contains images akhmad : Sayyid Roni, Beautiful! Just beautiful! It has been a while. I have been looking forward to the moment of your side of the story of your round-the-wor
35 Post contains images OA260 : Haha well so far Ive done DUB-FRA-MIA-SJU- YYZ-IST-ATH Still 6 more flights to do in the next 11 days
36 Post contains links and images NZ107 : Hey Roni! Great to see this RTW continued finally! Once again, you've done a superb job. So informative like usual and accompanied with great pictures
37 Post contains links and images ronerone : Many thanks Mohit! Glad you enjoyed! Thanks Suryo! This TR by SR 103 tipped me over the edge: Malaysia: Asia’s Best Kept Secret? (W/pics) (by SR 10
38 AirPacific747 : Nice trip report! Great airline I think. I've only tried their 747-200s though, but also kind of happy about that since they are no longer in service.
39 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi Roni! Great tripreport really nice pictures, it was very interesting to get an insight at this very exotic airline! Seems like you had a nice coupl
40 Post contains images NZ107 : Hahaha! Looking forward to that already! Wow, most interesting. I do wonder if that is the reason behind the good service on this flight.. Then again
41 MHTripple7 : Loving this trip report ronerone! Air Pacific looks to be about what I'd expect them to be. Above-average service with a pretty mediocre hard product.
42 caleb1 : Roni, you are an amazing storyteller. I have been waiting for your next installment and as usual, this TR did not disappoint. I really felt like I was
43 gabrielchew : Fantasic Report Roni! Nice to see Air Pacific's "Bula" Boeings in Tabu Class - not the most up-to-date, but a nice service anyway Me too, you really c
44 Post contains images eastafspot : Roni, What a deep insight of Tabua class from an "exotic" airline, you like new discovery and this one is pretty pleasant! Do you buy a new pair of sh
45 Post contains images ronerone : Hi AirPacific747! Thanks for stopping by! Nice to know you tried FJ's 742!. I am absolutely dying to grab another ride on a 742! It's been far too lo
46 Post contains links and images je89_w : Well written trip report and loads of great photos, thank you for posting. It's refreshing to read a trip report from an airline seldom covered. I lov
47 Post contains images flightsimboy : When I quoted the above I was not able to view any pics. You pics clearly indicate starting in Dubai . You could almost say I was flying blind, I mea
48 chepos : Great trip report as always Roni. Thank you for sharing. Regards, Chepos
49 Post contains images ronerone : Thanks je89! Glad you enjoyed. I couldn't agree more! Many thanks for this. It's the same type of music i heard everywhere in Fiji! .. haha not to wo
50 Initious : Hi Roni, A nice report on a carrier not commonly featured on a.net! Air Pacific is a carrier I am very curious about. Having only heard of their produ
51 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey Roni, great report! It's been quite a while since last! I find it quite odd that you chose to travel eastbound on your RTW. Suppose you were fully
52 Post contains images ronerone : Hi Daniel! Thanks for dropping by! Kudos to you for managing to consistently keep in touch with us here and on facebook, in spite of your other dutie
53 Post contains images Initious : Indeed I am. Got a very attractive fare of S$399 all in both ways, outbound on 773 and inbound on the 343, both of which I've never been on.
54 Aussie_ : Hi Roni I only just saw this report of yours! Excellent stuff, and the food especially does look fantastic! Hope to catch up with you again soon Alex
55 Post contains images ronerone : Great stuff! Hope you will enjoy good old Cathay Pacific, and the A340 Thanks Alex! So this is you on a.net! See you soon i hope! Cheers, Roni
56 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Well it's a great TR Actually back then in 1999 and 2000 when I flew on their 742 I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have today as they were still
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