CO737800
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Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:26 am

My parents have the choice to fly Harmony or Air Pacific from YVR-HNL in May. We know lots about Harmony but nothing about Air Pacific. Does anyone here know much about them and if so could you give us some info, like service, aircraft condition and safety?

Thanks
 
TG992
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:56 am

Friendly little airline that's 46% owned by Qantas, so obviously high maintenance and safety standards. Believe they usually use their 738 on the YVR-HNL route. They've been operating for donkeys years and are in no danger of going under. I'd recommend them.
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zizou
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:06 am

Air Pacific is very safe, don't be too concerned about that. You won't get PTV's on the B737s that they use on this route. Their service is pretty good as well.

Have no idea about Harmony though,,,,
 
planemanofnz
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:07 am

I fley Air Pacific on AKL-NAN and NAN-AKL in September 2003. Aircraft was a boeing 737-800 (DQ-FJG) both ways. Service was fantastic and crew were very professional.
Aircraft was in excellent condition and economy class has 32" seat pitch.
After just looking at the inflight-entertainment guide I picked up from when I travelled on FJ, it says that there is 2 movies inbound and 2 movies outbound.

I would highly recommend them,
Colin
 
HAVIK747
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:26 pm

It's actually a B737-700 ...Registration: DQ-FJF "Island of Koro"

Configuration: 12 Business Class/100 Economy

Business Class: Seating - 50" pitch, 10" recline, in-seat video with 6 video channels and 10 audio channels

Economy Class: Seating - 32" pitch, 6" recline. Drop down screens every 3 rows, with mainscreen video and 10 audio channels.

Flight FJ821 (Friday) YVR-NAN
Departs Arrives Aircraft Meals
1835 0520+2 737-700 M
Notes: Flight arrives into Nadi early Sunday morning

Flight FJ821 (Sunday) YVR-NAN
Departs Arrives Aircraft Meals
1835 0520+2 737-700 M

Meals Legend: B - Breakfast, L - Light Meal, M - Main Meal

GREAT AIRLINE
 
HAVIK747
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:28 pm

Some days it is an 738
Registration: DQ-FJG "Island of Kadavu", DQ-FJH "Island of Gau"

Configuration: 8 Business Class/154 Economy

Business Class: Seating - 50" pitch, 10" recline, in-seat video with 6 video channels and 10 audio channels

Economy Class: Seating - 32" pitch, 6" recline. Drop down screens every 3 rows, with mainscreen video and 10 audio channels.
 
qblue
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 1:00 pm

Flew with FJ Sep04 service was great leg room ok food good but baggage was weight restricted. FJ only allowed one piece to a max of 35kg while standard is 2pc at 70lbs. They also arrived from YVR to HNL very late.
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 1:16 pm

Just finished an article on Air Pacific for Airways magazine. Should be published in a few months. Great little airline. They actually use their 737-800 most of the time on the YVR route; however, they did use the -700 on our flight to NAN.

Air Pacific finds it challenging at times to sell the YVR-HNL leg, because they don't have a large presence, and they only serve it twice a week. The in-flight service was very good and I found the flight attendants to be very attentive, because of the small airrcraft.

You can't go wrong with either Air Pacific or Harmony.

Cheers,

Ken
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:56 pm

A young modern fleet of boeing Aircraft like 737 700/800's, 747 400 and 767 300 aircraft.
Airlines flown: BA,BD,NZ,SQ,FR,ZB,EK,JQ
 
NZ747
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 8:14 pm

Flew Air Pacific last week from Brisbane to Nadi on one of there B737-800s. Flight wasn't bad, but the seats are starting to wear. Food was ok and movies were crap. 30 minutes before arrival into Nadi, one of the flight attendants went down the cabin with two insect spray cans. The smell was terrible, and it stings your eyes. Once everyone was coughing and struggling to breath, she came back and did it again...

Quoting HAVIK747 (Reply 4):
It's actually a B737-700 ...Registration: DQ-FJF "Island of Koro"

Configuration: 12 Business Class/100 Economy

Traveled in the 700' last Saturday from Nadi to Suva, only 8 seats in business class now.

Going in their 737-800 again tomorrow. Usually an prefer to travel Air New Zealand, but they have some screwed up departure times from Nadi...

NZ747
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:09 pm

What's wrong with Air Canada?

Regards
MH
come visit the south pacific
 
airnz777pilot
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:54 pm

ya they operate the 738 and looks like it would be a good flight.
Plane fanatic
 
CO737800
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:00 am

MotorHussy I would rather fly AC but its more of a price thing, Air Canada is about $400 more then Harmony or Air Pacific

Air Canada $1587 cdn all taxes in
Harmony Air $1176cdn all taxes in
Air Pacific $1100 cdn all taxes in
 
planemanofnz
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:36 am

Quoting CO737800 (Reply 12):
Air Pacific $1100 cdn all taxes in

I would say go Air Pacific. It is a good airline and whenever I fly them on the Auckland-Nandi route the cabin never got sprayed with insect repellent. The movies are like any airline for the over-head/main screen entertainment.
Also, you will earn QF frequent flyer points - (well depending on your fare type.)
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sun Jan 08, 2006 4:52 pm

Air Pacific is a great airline! I have been on all the aircraft that is currently serving YVR (2x738 & 1x73G) and they were pretty new. The 738's were delivered new in 1999 so they are only 6yrs old. In terms of cabin service, i would give them a 10 out of 10, safety I would give them 10 out 10, entertainment I would give them 8 out of 10 and on time performance I would give them 9.5 out of 10. Your parents wont be disaapointed. And the cabin smells really really nice!
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sun Jan 08, 2006 5:38 pm

If you go with FJ check out the fare with FIJI Travel on Fraser St they could give you a great fare....
 
Motorhussy
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:08 pm

FJ all the way!

Regards
MH
come visit the south pacific
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:22 am

Does anyone have any info about Air Pacific's 744s and their LAX-NAN service? I have a friend who is flying them in a week or so on her honeymoon and she was curious what their service is like. I saw on their website that it looks like they have PTVs in economy. How is the food, pitch, and overall service like? Also, they still operate ex-SQ birds, don't they?

Thanks.
 
aussieindc
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:08 am

yes, FJ are a pretty good little operation out of the South Pacific but I honestly am not aware of Harmony.

You have seen from everyone what FJ offer etc. I would suggest to compare that to the FJ product and go from there. Considering FJ only operate twice weekly, if Harmony have more frequency on the route, I'd suggest going with them given the opportunity to change their day of travel (heaven forbid if the need arised).

Money isn't necessarily always the biggest factor if you know what I mean?
 
ealflyer
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Thu Jan 12, 2006 2:09 am

I'll chime in that Air Pacific has friendly and attentive service, though my experience dates back to 1994... Brisbane-Nadi on 737-500
 
kdonohue
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:19 pm

The 747s on the NAN-LAX do have PTV throughout the aircraft, although it is first-generation Singapore entertainment. Still it's nice to have a personal tv. Service is good.
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:27 pm

If FJ can get away from QF shackles, they should look at NAN/YVR nonstop using one of their 744's.

I think they only fly NAN/HNL/YVR twice a week in each direction.

They could either drop one of those or have a 3rd service.

Perhaps they could code share with QF, allowing pax to go via NAN in one direction & via west coast in other, in case a family wanted to do LAX.

They could hub out of NAN, to & from BNE, SYD & MEL, which would mean they could offer, 1 stop, same airline, all the way from Australia to Canada avoiding all the U.S. crap at HNL or west coast.

Also a stopover in Fiji before &/or after much more preferable to overbuilt & overcommercialised HNL.
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:33 pm

No one mentioned Westjet!!!! (WS) They now offer YVR-HNL as well with B737-700/800 with live satellite TV!
You can't get there from here.
 
kiwiandrew

RE: Air Pacific Questions

Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:39 pm

Quoting Simpilicity (Reply 21):
Also a stopover in Fiji before &/or after much more preferable to overbuilt & overcommercialised HNL.

there is also the always popular Fijian sport of "guess when the next coup will happen"  Wink
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Fri Jan 13, 2006 4:51 pm

This is my first posting on here! It's about time I coughed up the cash.

I'd say stick with either HQ or AC, I mean flying in a 738 ain't so bad, but having a stop in SFO/LAX/PDX because of headwinds is kind of shoddy especially if you want more vacation time.

HQ offers at least IFE, a hot meal, on their 752s which isin't something you can shake a stick at. They also offer 4 flights a week on days 1/4/6 and 7.

I don't think WS offer anything special on these flights other than what they have already on Canadian flights, but this whole deal with unsched stop due to headwinds could be shoddy. Anyway WS offer flights on 1/2/4/5 and 7.

But check out these two. Shame that Zoom's not part of this equation.
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Fri Jan 13, 2006 7:38 pm

I've seen the Air Pacific YVR-HNL-NAN B737-800 in YVR.
Maybe lees than 20 passengers departing, all had to go thru US inmigration/customs @ YVR to board the plane.
Fiji nationals do need US visas? Yes, I suppose.
I don't have the numbers, but with that HNL stop and the US pre-clearance in YVR, I would expect that airline to loose money big time on that route.
I don't work for COPA Airlines!
 
Motorhussy
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:31 am

And speaking of FJ's fleet, was their mid-size twin replacement factored into the QF 787 order does anyone know?

Thanks
MH
come visit the south pacific
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:13 am

I flew FJ last March LaxNAN.

Flight was on a B744. It was packed. Young flight crew. they kept banging the doors in the galley all night - looking for God only knows what.

service- it was economy- what can anyone say about economy service on any carrier?!.

IFE- fair. There were pvts, but not avod system.

F/As - some were friendly some were not. they've got a system that they do not allow u to stretch out or change seats even after the doors have closed.

Aircraft - getting a bit tatty but was clean
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:59 am

Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 25):
I've seen the Air Pacific YVR-HNL-NAN B737-800 in YVR.
Maybe lees than 20 passengers departing, all had to go thru US inmigration/customs @ YVR to board the plane.
Fiji nationals do need US visas? Yes, I suppose.
I don't have the numbers, but with that HNL stop and the US pre-clearance in YVR, I would expect that airline to loose money big time on that route.

I dont see how NAN(Fiji)-HNL-YVR works. From what it sounds like they really must be losing some major $$$
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planemanofnz
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:21 pm

Quoting MotorHussy (Reply 26):
And speaking of FJ's fleet, was their mid-size twin replacement factored into the QF 787 order does anyone know?

I think it was. FJ would probably recieve some of QF's 787 options. Another possibility is that FJ might get some 330's once JQ are finished with them however I would say it is more likely that we will see the 767 and 747's be replaced with 787's.

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 28):
I dont see how NAN(Fiji)-HNL-YVR works. From what it sounds like they really must be losing some major $$$

They have been operating it for a while now, if it was loosing so much money, FJ wouldn't operate the route.
 
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RE: Air Pacific Questions

Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:34 pm

Summer '05 I had the pleasure of traveling on DQ-FJK on LAX-NAN-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-LAX 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-NAN, i had three seats to myself whereas on NAN-LAX 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-NAN and found out it wasn't offered on NAN-LAX after I asked the FA if there were any available as I accidentally packed my amenity kit from LAX-NAN 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-NAN 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-NAN-LAX is also great. The LAX-NAN leg leaves late at night and arrives in NAN early in the morning. NAN-LAX leaves NAN late at night touches down at LAX about midday.

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).

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