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Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Fri Sep 13, 2002 12:07 pm

Aloha adds another international destination with Rarotonga. They will use a 737-700 for the twice weekly flight.

For the full article:
http://starbulletin.com/2002/09/12/business/index3.html
 
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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Fri Sep 13, 2002 2:21 pm

Ah, that's good news for the Cook Islands, who are decidedly underserved. To my knowledge, Air New Zealand is currently the only major international operator to the Cooks, following Canada 3000's untimely departure almost a year ago. Perhaps this will allow tourism to expand further on what is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt destinations in the world.

However, one need only look at the twice-failed Vaima Hotel project (built for Sheraton in the early 1990s, never completed, then was going to be revived as a Hilton, until the land owner got greedy, and the investors pulled out last year - it was actually going to coincide with a major expansion of C3K into the Pacific region) to see that there needs to be a change to the business attitude of the Island if they want people to pour money into it.

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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Fri Sep 13, 2002 10:34 pm

WoW!!! This is great news as for added more flight to the islands into the south pacific ocean. And this is very popular as for the good islands there. Might will be enjoyed it as for the vacations, scuba diving and etc to do.  Smile
 
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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Sat Sep 14, 2002 12:58 am

Air New Zealand pulled out Rarotonga (Cook Island)-Honolulu since November 2001.
 
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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Sun Sep 15, 2002 5:23 pm

Woohoo, another new carrier to my Hometown!
Cheers Virginflyer for the nice remarks...That is why my hometown is known as "The Jewel of the Pacific!!" You had too of visited Aitutaki!! The most beautiful island in all of the South Pacific!!!

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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Sun Sep 15, 2002 10:59 pm

Mike - unfortunately I have not ventured off Rarotonga in the Cook Islands - I have only been there once. I loved the place though, and would really like to go again. My dad has however been there numerous times (he was involved with the Hilton development), and he went to Aitutaki one of those times, and reports back (with a few photos) that it was amazing.

Back to topic, does anyone know if it is true that Air New Zealand owns and operates Rarotonga International Airport? Also, any idea of the largest aircraft it can handle? Historically, other than NZ (and its predecessors in the forms of NAC and TEAL) and C3K, what international airlines have operated into RAR? I remember seeing a picture once of a 727 in Cook Islands Airways colours - what was the deal with them (given that the current government's policy on civil aviation is that they do not want there to be a specific Cook Islands international carrier, but would rather have NZ fulfill this role)?

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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Mon Sep 16, 2002 1:57 am

Largest aircraft the Rarotonga handles was B767-300 by Air New Zealand.

Not sure about other charter aircrafts.
 
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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Mon Sep 16, 2002 3:42 am

not sure if you meant the largest a/c RAR handles is the 767-300 or 'ever' handled, but ANZ used to fly the 747 (LAX-HNL-RAR & LAX-PPT-RAR) up until about 2 years ago.

Hawaiian airlines used to fly to Rarotonga from HNL I belive using the DC8. Not sure if their DC10's ever flew there. They ended the service in the 90's.
 
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RE: Aloha To Fly To Cook Islands On 12-9-02

Mon Sep 16, 2002 11:20 am

I believe Hawaiin used to fly its DC8 into RAR from AKL. Pity I never rode it.

Air NZ has operated the 744 into RAR frequently.

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