Summer '05 I had the pleasure of traveling on DQ
-FJK on LAX
(same aircraft both ways). Economy class of course!
Flight time both ways is a good 10-11 hours. Service is average in that the dinner was great, but their breakfast is not even worth looking at, much less eating. I'm shocked it did not make me sick. A friendly touch at the end of the flight were the hard candies that were offered while on approach.
Flight Attendants were very friendly and professional and constantly offered drinks and snacks on both legs. FAs seemed to take a lot of pride in their jobs and pilots were Australian(I assume affiliated with QF
perhaps). Given their service fulfillments, FAs were outstanding. On NAN
they handled a broken ptv situation with an Italian couple that spoke no english very courteously and professionally while on a %100 load factor--I saw everything happened as I sat next to the couple. Excellent job. If you're curious, my PTV worked flawlessly on both legs.
Seats were comfortable, and on the case of LAX
, i had three seats to myself whereas on NAN
I was given an aisle seat on the full flight. What does need to be said is that one should avoid the middle seats as the legroom is infringed upon by the ptv boxes on BOTH sides. Also avoid sitting near the galleys(as I had the misfortune of) as they seemed pretty active throughout the flights.
Also worth noting is that I felt like the cabin lights were on for way too long. Air Pacific does provide amenity kits(pouch contains socks, eyeshades, toothbrush/paste), but I only recieved them on on LAX
and found out it wasn't offered on NAN
after I asked the FA
if there were any available as I accidentally packed my amenity kit from LAX
in my checked bag.
Entertainment isn't anything worth bragging about. "Oldstyle" PTVs, but still satisfactory. There is a special channel for Fiji info. There is also moving map display too.The IFE, while not amazing, was still sufficient. No complaints on my part.
I don't know if this is normal, but LAX
was VERY turbulent and I am actually surprised the masks didn't come down. It was that bad.
In summary, don't expect the world from Air Pacific, but what I enjoyed so much about them was the little things--the fijian boarding/disembarkment music, the FAs' friendliness, the hard candies at the end and a few other things(sorry, its 12:30 am and I haven't slept in two days). Air Pacific isn't a huge airline, but its a little airline that has a lot of charm.
Plan plenty of time if you connect at LAX
though. I wish FJ
flew the 744 to YVR
which is a great place to clear customs and immigration...not to mention you can bypass LAX
Timing of LAX
is also great. The LAX
leg leaves late at night and arrives in NAN
early in the morning. NAN
late at night touches down at LAX
As far as Fiji goes--after living in villages and going to one or two touristy beaches, I can tell you that the country is simply amazing. And in case you're wondering, no Air Pacific does not run on "Fiji time" (you'll figure that part out when you visit).
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...