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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10536 times:

My first trip report, I hope you like it  Smile

Summary
In April 2004 I went to Fiji for two weeks. I booked my ticket on the internet about three weeks before.

9 April 2004
Departing: Auckland AKL -New Zealand
Arriving: Nadi NAN -Fiji
Flight Time: 3:05 hours
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight Number: NZ66
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 1A
Aircraft: B767-319ER
Registration: ZK-NCK


I checked in about two hours before my flight at the Business Class check in area at Auckland International Airport. The line was quiet long which made the small area very cramped. After about 15 minutes it was my turn to check in. It was easy and the friendly lady gave me my preassigned seat of 1A.

I preceded up the escilator and through immigration, then straight to the Air New Zealand Business Class lounge. In the lounge they has a great breakfast selection of cereals, breads, juices, fruit and snacks. I took a seat by the window and watched the aircraft and read the news paper and some magazines.

About an hour later, there was a boarding call for my flight, so I left the lounge and went to the gate, where they boarded Business class first, then Economy class. I took my seat of 1A and was given a Business class pack and some juice. The flight seemed to be full and some of the passengers in business class were Air NZ staff going to a convention in Nadi. The guy next to me in 1B was one of them.

Soon enough we were up in the air and were given more drinks and snacks.

Here is a pic I took about 10 minutes after we left, just north of Auckland:


There are about 10 channels on the business class ptv's, but only about 7 were working. I had seen all the movies which were playing, so just watched the comedy channels.

Lunch choice was like this: entree - smoked salmon and Marlborough scallops
- salad
main - Beef fillet, with cooked vegetables

dessert - cream 'apple and cinnamon' and ' berry'
then coffee and a mint chocolate.

The flight went quickly and in no time at all we were on approach to Nadi Airport


The landing was smooth but we had a five minute delay at the gate due to paperwork. After I disembarked the plane, we walked through to immigration where there was a small band playing Fijian music. I collected my bag, which was almost first off and stepped out for my two weeks in paradise.


The Return Trip
25 April 2004
Departing: Nadi NAN -Fiji
Arriving: Auckland AKL -New Zealand
Flight Time: 3:05 hours
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight Number: NZ55
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 1K
Aircraft: B767-319ER
Registration: ZK-NCL


I had to be up at about 1am as my flight left at around 3am, so didn't really sleep that night. I left the hotel at around 1:30, and got a ride to Nadi airport.
The business class line was empty, so I didn't have to wait. My seat preassigned was 1K, which I got, along with an invitation for the Air New Zealand lounge. I said goodbye to my family and went through customs, then had a look at the duty free shops, but I didn't buy anything. After that I went to the Lounge, where there were about 6 people already there. They had sandwiched and drinks (not great for so early in the morning. The lounge is small with about 25 seats and not much window views.

At about 3am, they made a boarding announcement for Business Class passengers to board, so off I went.


In the B-class cabin there were four other passengers, all American, as the flight came from Los Angeles. I had the whole of row 1 to myself  Smile.

After takeoff Breakfast was served, which I had Juice, fruit, and Pancakes with banana and bacon and maple syrup.

I watched a movie on the ptv, but spend most of the flight looking out the window at the amazing sunrise.






The flight went quickly and it was nice to have an almost empty cabin.







We arrived in Auckland at about 6am, but the immigration area was full, so it took a while to process

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. I have another one of the same AKL-NAN flight but in a 747-400 with three videos and more pics. I just need to find a place to host them.

7 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently onlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7093 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 10089 times:

Nice report, can't wait for the 744 flight report

User currently offlineShortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9184 times:

NZ747,

Just read your report - and it's a good one  Smile

Interestingly - for lack of a better way to describe it, your bum and my bum have graced the same seat.

I flew on ZK-NCK operating NZ25 PPT-RAR-AKL on the 21st of Feb and was in 1A too  Smile

I might post a TR of my own but in the meantime, here's a pic I took of her during the brief stop in RAR for your enjoyment. Cheers!



User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8899 times:

nice pix. I remember when I was in Nadi in 1997 there were no jetbridges then. They had an elevated 'plank' that went from the terminal to the aircraft. Sort of like entering the plane from the outside (as you were outside) thru a sort of walkway suspended in mid air.

Fiji's a great place.


User currently offline65captin From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8512 times:

Excellent Trip Report!!!

Any Tahiti Flights in mind?



"Dont you ever say an unkind word about Morris Day and Jerome!"
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8303 times:

Great report and great pics!

I would love to visit Fiji one day, unfortunately is it ~24 hours away from Germany and not "around the corner" like for you New Zealander's.

Quoting Shortfinals (Reply 2):
here's a pic I took of her during the brief stop in RAR for your enjoyment. Cheers!

Interesting picture, I know that LSG SkyChefs have catering stations on airports all around the world but I am surprised to see that they are also present at such an exotic place like RAR.

As for the other reports, keep them coming guys, always interesting to read about traveling in the South Pacific region!

Patrick


User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8006 times:

Thanks for the replies  
Fiji is a great place. I find myself going at least three times a year.

My 744 trip report will come shortly, but unfortunately I cannot find any free video hosting sites, so only pics. I will however throw in a few pics of Fiji with the flight pics.

  

[Edited 2005-04-05 05:06:20]

User currently offlineMANTEC From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 57 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7746 times:

Thanks for the report. It was great to see Nadi in daylight! I flew in with ANZ 747-400 from LAX on route to AKL in 1999. We landed about midnight and we all got off for an hour. Just time for a beer or two in the bar before we all got on again for the flight to AKL. All I can remember about Nadi is the bar and the band that greeted us as we got off. The rest was pitch black....Ho Hum. I hope to do the same trip again as soon as I can.  crossfingers 

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