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Once In A Lifetime: RAR-AIT Flight In Paradise  
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2815 posts, RR: 24
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10061 times:

I had been looking a lot forward to this flight.
A flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki in Cook islands (see map below)

an approximately 400 km flight which took 40 mins to fly.
The weather on Rarotonga had been really bad the first three days I was there and it rained nonstop, and then the last day I was on Rarotonga it was changing all the time, so sorry for the bad pics in the first part of the flight  Smile
The airplane I flew on was a Saab 340 from Air Rarotonga and the registration was: E5-EFS. The flight took place on July 6th, 2005.

A map of the route I flew.

First of all, a couple of pics from the terminal on Rarotonga

This is the waiting lounge in the domestic part of the airport...

...and the check-in counters

This was my boarding pass. (If you think this is boardingpass is funny, you should see the one I got on the way back to Rarotonga. It was handwritten)

Time to board the aircraft.

As you can see, the weather wasnt the best.

Looking back at the terminal as I board the aircraft.. The guy in the left corner was my pilot.

E5-TAK is the registration of that aircraft.. I saw the same aircraft on final on Rarotonga after I landed. (See picture further down)

Getting comfortable

Taxiing out to our runway, which was actually big enough for a 747. Air New Zealand flies scheduled flights to Rarotonga with 767s

Right after takeoff... A steep climb

Turning left right after a takeoff to the east. Heading towards north.

Looking back at Rarotonga

There is always sunshine above the clouds  Smile

If only Scandinavian Airlines had stewardesses like this one Big grin

We didnt get any meal on the flight, but something to drink, a small snack and some candy.. First flight I have ever been on where they didnt serve coke.

Aitutaki becomes visible

Flying over the reef

Welcome to paradise!!

Runway visible as we turn for our final

Getting closer...

On final..


Still some runway left..

A road along the runway.. I rented a motorcycle later on and raced some of the small planes taking off  Smile a lot of fun!!!

Terminal building visible

deboarding the plane

A better view of the terminal

My plane being prepared for its flight back to Rarotonga

"Welcome to Aitutaki International Airport"

We were being welcomed by a guy with a guitar inside the terminal while we waited four our baggage to arrive.

Baggage claim area...! Big grin

Almost done removing all the suitcases

And then I spotted E5-TAK on final which was seen on Rarotonga right before I departed aswell

This is also where I boarded my flight on my way back to Rarotonga again.

The old unpaved runway which is not in use anymore.. It was built by the Americans during World War II and was used as a small base to keep the Japanese away.

I hoped you liked the report, because I enjoyed working on it!
Some comments would be appreciated, thankyou!

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User currently offlineYP6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10035 times:

Hey Frederik!

The region is just great and so are your pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us.
Hope you enjoyed your days on the Cooks. I stayed a few days in Samoa and Tonga last May and I absolutly loved it.

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2815 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10029 times:

Hey YP6370!
Thankyou for your comment!
Yeah I love that region too!

I wish I could have stayed there for way more time!
I havent been to Samoa and Tonga, so you gotta give me some details about those islands!
I have been to a lot of other islands in that area including: Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji and Tahiti.. love them all..

[Edited 2005-07-30 20:36:38]

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User currently offlineMANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10014 times:

Awesome report mate, i love reading reports about the exotic airlines that not many of us get the chance to fly on. Your boarding card looks more like a till receipt! Certainly interesting to see how things are run in much smaller airports.

Cheers, Matt

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2815 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10001 times:

Thankyou, MANmatt!

It is indeed fun to see how things work out there! Big grin
And the baggage claim was funny to experience. You could almost just pick up your suitcase directly from the plane instead, but still great with some good service!

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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9901 times:

Great report AirPacific747, and nice pics, the Cook Islands is a great place. bigthumbsup 

How come it says 'Aitutaki International Airport'?


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9858 times:

Excellent Report! I love the South Pacific Islands, and I hope to get to more of them . . . nothing like "Paradise".

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2815 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 9795 times:

hey NZ747 and ANCFlyer!

thankyou for your comments aswell!

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 5):
How come it says 'Aitutaki International Airport'?

To be honest with you, I really dont know.  Smile Maybe to make it sound more official or something.. maybe they once had scheduled flights from Tonga or some other island or still have.

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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4393 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 9767 times:

I really become jealous about you!
Flying in that areas is just amazing it seems!

Thanks for sharing!

"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2815 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 9745 times:

Hey Eric!

Yeah I understand..
I also wish I could go back there again, but thats why I wrote "once in a lifetime" as the header of this topic.. I doubt I will ever go back there.. not because I dont want to, but because its expensive to travel that far away from Europe, and because you also want to experience something new instead of visiting the same islands twice, and then finally because I am 18 now... doubt my dad wants to keep paying for me  Smile

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User currently offlineYP6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 9733 times:

My flights in Oceania are also here in the trip reports section:
Polynesian Airlines AKL-TBU-APW (with Pics) (by YP6370 Jun 14 2005 in Trip Reports)
Polynesian Airlines - Samoa To Tonga (with Pics) (by YP6370 Jun 17 2005 in Trip Reports)
Peau Vava'u: Through The Friendly Islands (pics) (by YP6370 Jun 8 2005 in Trip Reports)

And if you like to see some Samoa/Tonga pictures go to my website:

Would be very interested in your experiences/pics in Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2815 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 9723 times:

Thankyou, YP6370!

Mala Island looks very nice!

I havent uploaded pictures from my other holidays on Vanuatu or New Caledonia, and that was before we had digital cameras, but I could scan a couple of pictures and tell you about my experiences on those islands, because they are way different from each other! New Caledonia is the one that is most different from the other islands.. I dont think it is in a positive way, but I can tell you why in an email, if you are interested

[correction] The guy in the terminal is not standing with a guitar ofcourse  Smile I dont know how its spelled but maybe you can guess it. I would spell it: Ukulele... Can anyone confirm that?

[Edited 2005-07-31 14:05:37]

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