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Air Pacific’s(Fiji Airways) New A330′s

Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:01 am

Air Pacific (or should we say Fiji Airways) has finally released details of its new aircraft livery and revamped cabin product to be delivered on its new A330 aircraft. The new birds are expected to take to the skies next year.

Dave Pflieger, Air Pacific’s MD and CEO, today said:

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“The unveiling of the new look and features of our soon-to-arrive A330′s is the latest milestone in a series of initiatives that are a part of the Air Pacific’s restructuring and rebranding. We couldn’t think of a better way to honour Fiji’s national day holiday than to share a first glimpse of the exciting things in store for Fiji and our passengers”.

More details here. http://flymefunky.com/2012/10/revealed-air-pacifics-new-a330s/

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:13 am

Beautiful tail. Love the font as well. The engines could've been a bit more colorful though.
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:06 pm

The whole relaunch looks brilliant IMO. The livery is a little jarring at first, but I love the fact that it is so shamelessly unique.

I hope they do the thing properly though and refit their 737's with the new product (using a different J seat though). Can't wait to see a rendering of a 737 with this new livery.
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:50 pm

I'm doing their LAX - Nadi - SYD this winter on the old rainbow tail 744. Anyone know what their product is like on that?
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:59 pm

Looks exactly like SQ's regional business class.


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Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:11 pm

Looks neat IMHO. Though I'm not sure if it is a good idea for the winglelts to be black from a ground ops perspective.

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:18 pm

Overall a very nice design. I am not quite sure about the type font they used, and I agree: Perhaps the engines could stand some of the red used fo the tail.
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:51 pm

Air Pacific (AKA Fiji Airways) nice job on this it's not as bad as I was dreaming of.! big    and the product is going kick some ass on some routes, wonder how long before PEK comes up on the route map!
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:48 pm

I've flown those J seats on both SQ and DJ and they are fantastic! I am so excited for Fiji Airways' future. Great livery too.
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:57 pm

Don't like the font on Fiji and wish that they could have done a cheatline on the aircraft combining some of the various designs on the tail/engine--but these are minor quibbles for a distinct and unique brand that manages to stand out.
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:45 pm

Quoting TusAadvantage (Reply 3):

I'm doing their LAX - Nadi - SYD this winter on the old rainbow tail 744. Anyone know what their product is like on that?

The aircraft are ex-SQ therefore sport the original interior and seating.. & as for the new color scheme it's going to take a while to grow on me...

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:45 pm

The tail looks like a BA world tail - I wonder if that is where the inspiration came from?  

Good livery though - it's going to stand out, and it looks great!
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:18 pm

It's fantastic! It's unique and really captures the feel of Fiji and Polynesia in general.
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:55 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 11):
The tail looks like a BA world tail - I wonder if that is where the inspiration came from?  

Actually, the tail design is based on "tapa" - a form of painted cloth (made from bark) widely used in the South Pacific.

It is the most Polynesian design I could imagine.  

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:55 pm

Quoting TusAadvantage (Reply 3):
I'm doing their LAX - Nadi - SYD this winter on the old rainbow tail 744. Anyone know what their product is like on that?

It's pretty good but no QF or NZ. The crew was really friendly (they dress tropical casual), the seat pitch and I had no issue with and the seat was comfortable, also the food was nothing to complain about in Y.

There is seatback IFE but it is primitive as it isn't on demand and has about 12 channels on it but there is a moving map which is a bonus.
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:07 pm

some great info and pics here:
http://www.ausbt.com.au/air-pacific-...=flipper&utm_campaign=home-flipper

I think Fiji airways can really appeal to the leisure passenger / honeymooner etc if they sell this product with a "free stop over in Fiji on your way to Australia or New Zealand" or anywhere else.- I'm sure they offer sometihng like this, but with the new product they can go advertising heavy and really get a good flow of new customers.
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RE: Air Pacific’s(Fiji Airways) New A330′s

Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:13 pm

Quoting azjubilee (Reply 12):
It's fantastic! It's unique and really captures the feel of Fiji and Polynesia in general.
Quoting mariner (Reply 13):
It is the most Polynesian design I could imagine.

Don't really want to quibble, guys, but Fiji isn't in Polynesia, but Melanesia!
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:23 pm

Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 16):
Don't really want to quibble, guys, but Fiji isn't in Polynesia, but Melanesia!

Indeed - quibble away.

It remains the most Polynesian livery I could imagine, though. To my eye, more Polynesian than Melanesian.  

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:36 pm

It would have been cool to see a tapa cloth design over the fuselage as well.. Maybe they'll leave that one for a special  

Not sure if the white and brown suits me though. I guess seeing it in person will be a different story like usual.
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:53 pm

Quoting mariner (Reply 17):
Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 16):
Don't really want to quibble, guys, but Fiji isn't in Polynesia, but Melanesia!

Indeed - quibble away.

It remains the most Polynesian livery I could imagine, though. To my eye, more Polynesian than Melanesian.

Well strictly speaking, it's both. The Lau group in the east are Polynesian with the royal family of Mara being cousins to the King of Tonga and the royal Tamasese family of Samoa. Fiji's first PM, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, was from Lau. Although the majority of Fijians are ethnically Melanesian, Polynesian culture and language has permeated distinctly and woven its way into almost every facet of Fiji over the last few millennia with most outside contact being from Polynesian neighbours to the east.

Quoting mariner (Reply 13):
The tail looks like a BA world tail - I wonder if that is where the inspiration came from?

Actually, the tail design is based on "tapa"

Or Masi as it's known in Fiji. This from the media release...

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On the aircrafts’ exterior, three Masi symbols will represent ‘Fiji Airways’. The distinctive Teteva motif, designed by renowned Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi, is at the heart of the new brandmark revealed last month. Featured prominently at the center of the airline’s new brandmark and on the tail of the new aircraft, it represents the friendliness of Fijians’ and their deep caring nature. The Rova symbol, on the aircraft engine, symbolises the warm greeting Fijians extend to visitors, while the Makare symbol, which appears in the prominent position and scale on the front and underside of the plane, communicates the new ‘Fiji Airways’ name by evoking the allure of clear water flowing on a white sandy beach.


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Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:14 pm

Must admit i was skeptical about this new livery but after seeing it I think its fantastic
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:20 pm

Fantastic livery! Love it! Even the font - quirky but totally appropriate. the only teensy change I would make would be the addition of the orange/rust colour forward of the pattern design on the engine cowling. But other than that, I think this is the best possible outcome. Brown is certainly a bold choice and not a colour you see much on modern liveries (memories of the Swissair cheatline aside... sigh).

Even the interior stacks up well, though a slight shame they didn't go all flat or pursue a small premium economy section. Though if the J class seats are at about the same price as premium economy would be, then it would be a great deal.

Can you imagine a series of these lined up alongside 737s at Nadi? Air New Zealand, take note - THIS is how you overhaul a livery.
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:45 pm

Very traditional! I like it! It's a definite departure from the current Air Pacific branding!

Hopefully, their 737NGs will get re-branded soon too!
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:50 pm

Yes! Designs on nacelles are where it's at!!   I think it needs palm branch on there somewhere.
 
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:54 pm

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 21):
Even the interior stacks up well, though a slight shame they didn't go all flat or pursue a small premium economy section. Though if the J class seats are at about the same price as premium economy would be, then it would be a great deal.

I spoke with their marketing manager about this a few weeks back and he mentioned that they had looked at ditching Tabua class altogether and just doing a Premium Economy product, among a number of options.
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:37 pm

A work of art. So many airline re-brandings have been a big disappointment. This is well done. I love the "Airways" below the Fiji ligature. The tail fin is fantastic and the subtle trimming on the engine nacelles is quite elegant. Overall, an excellent livery.
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:55 pm

does anyone know when the new schedules will be announced for the A330's or will they simply take over the 744 one for one with a loss of seats until their third aircraft arrives.
 
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RE: Air Pacific’s(Fiji Airways) New A330′s

Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:21 pm

Quoting Coal (Reply 4):
Looks exactly like SQ's regional business class.

It's the same seat. DJ also use it on their (non-EK) domestic A330s

Quoting mariner (Reply 13):
It is the most Polynesian design I could imagine.

I agree, it's traditional without being cliched. Good job  
Quoting DavidByrne (Reply 16):
Don't really want to quibble, guys, but Fiji isn't in Polynesia, but Melanesia!

Don't really want to quibble, but it's both. Fiji is a multi-ethnic nation

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 19):
Well strictly speaking, it's both.

  
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:44 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 11):
The tail looks like a BA world tail - I wonder if that is where the inspiration came from?

This was my initial reaction, as well.

All-in-all, I really like the livery. But it lacks a bit of color on the main fuselage IMO. And the "Airways" titling almost looks like an after-thought to me. Seems like it could have been better placed/positioned. Still a nice rebranding. Much better than most I've seen in the last few years.
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Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:55 pm

Wow! I'm speechless! I absolutely love it: very elegant, but traditional with a modern twist. Really a great job. I can only imagine that it will look spectacular in real life!
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:48 am

That's really nice, hope to see the A330 make it to a diecast model or have a decal sheet released.

I read a nice teaser article while flying them this month. Glad to see it wasn't just a small logo on the tail with eurowhite on the fuselage.

Its nice to see them put some heritage on their plane.
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:05 am

Am also booked on an FJ flight (LAX-NAN-AKL) in a few months in Biz. Wish they were operating the new birds with the new seats by then. Looks like a dismal product otherwise!
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:28 am

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 11):
The tail looks like a BA world tail

My first reation too! Kind of nice, though I'm not mad about the acutal colours used. The font is unusual and looks well. Overall a   .
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:32 am

When I first heard about the rebrand I was a bit sceptical. The old livery, although outdated, stood out and shouted holiday cheer!

The new livery is even better in my opinion. Still fun, with local influence, and stands out. One of the better liveries out there!

Also, interior looks good. I know their 747's are ex-SQ and have the same ex-SQ product, and I wouldn't blame anyone for thinking the new A330's are ex-SQ too!
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:40 am

Sexy looking aircraft, I think that is what a good rebrand looks like, very original, although not bright like the 744's of today, still a very striking livery. Kudos to FJ for forging ahead, where so many Pacific carriers have not done so well. Can't wait to see that at LAX one day while passing through.
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:43 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 34):
Sexy looking aircraft, I think that is what a good re-brand looks like, very original, although not bright like the 744's of today, still a very striking livery. Kudos to FJ for forging ahead, where so many Pacific carriers have not done so well. Can't wait to see that at LAX one day while passing through.

Indeed I agree, fresh and revitalised. I look forward to see what the new uniforms look like.

With a new fleet being introduced hopefully this will improve FJs reliability. I am curious how much in put QF have had in the re-brand. Are they still a 49% shareholder? I know they were previously looking to sell their stake but no buyers could be found. I wonder if the re brand will result in significant returns, enough to keep them interested?
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:56 am

Good job on livery and reverting back to Fiji. I like the tail design but shame there isn't a bit more colour on fuselage.

Nice to see some airlines are still putting effort in- Finnair please take note.
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:30 pm

Fiji Airways can have much more appeal to the leisure passengers and honeymooners if they incorporate some of the worldwide reknowned turqouise blue beaches Fiji has in their livery. What they have now looks good but it is far from appealing as a leisure destination. The new Air Seychelles livery on their A330 is much more appealing to honeymooners and leisure tourists. The livery isn't bad but it could have been done better but that is just my opinion.

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:44 pm

A video about Makareta Matemosi, the artist who created the design:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_IjE3csiF0

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:03 pm

Are they keeping their 744 or . . . . .?
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:14 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 37):
have much more appeal to the leisure passengers and honeymooners if they incorporate some of the worldwide reknowned turqouise blue beaches Fiji has in their livery

To be honest, I think such passengers would book with Fiji Airlines after deciding to go to Fiji and not the other way around. So long as travel brochures continue to print full page glossy pictures of white sand beaches and luxury resorts they won't have any problem filling their planes regardless of what is on the side
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:32 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 40):
To be honest, I think such passengers would book with Fiji Airlines after deciding to go to Fiji and not the other way around. So long as travel brochures continue to print full page glossy pictures of white sand beaches and luxury resorts they won't have any problem filling their planes regardless of what is on the side

I can see that but with that logic no airline from tropical destinations paint their aircraft in a tropical more appealing way. So why do airlines such as Caribbean Airlines, Air Seychelles, Air Caraibes, (former) Air Jamaica still do this? For no reason?


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Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:24 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 37):
Fiji Airways can have much more appeal to the leisure passengers and honeymooners if they incorporate some of the worldwide reknowned turqouise blue beaches Fiji has in their livery.

The interesting inverse of this is that in the psychology of colours, blue is cold and does not suggest warmth.

Quoting tod (Reply 39):
Are they keeping their 744 or . . . . .?

Gone as the new Airbus fleet arrives. They have a lot of trouble filling their 4-holers year round. The A330's are the right size with the right performance stats.
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:29 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 37):
Fiji Airways can have much more appeal to the leisure passengers and honeymooners if they incorporate some of the worldwide reknowned turqouise blue beaches Fiji has in their livery.

They used to have a tropical beach painted onto the side of one of their 747's -- they've tried that angle in the past, it didn't work, so they're doing something new. I really love the fact that the new branding reflects more than just tropical beaches and actually tries to promote the culture and unique history of the place, rather than just picking up the stereotypes.

Everyone knows that Fiji has beaches...
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:40 pm

Quoting qf002 (Reply 43):
I really love the fact that the new branding reflects more than just tropical beaches and actually tries to promote the culture and unique history of the place, rather than just picking up the stereotypes.

Everyone knows that Fiji has beaches...

Everyone knows Jamaica has beaches, everyone knows the Caribbean has beaches, everyone knows the Seychelles have beaches, everyone knows Tahiti has beaches but still these airlines promote what makes them so much more attractive which is their beaches or at least have the turqouise blue color in their livery. The new Fiji Airways livery doesn't promote anything tropical at all which is a pity because the Fiji Islands are so nice because of their beaches and the unique nature. Like I said, the new livery is nice but it lacks anything tropical which is exactly what attracts leisure tourists and honeymooners. Most tourists go there because of those tropical characteristics.

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:29 pm

Have to love the livery, it's amazing in my opinion, and perhaps one of the best ones launched this year. Finally, something with a bit of character. It certainly doesn't need anything like 'beaches and blue sea' painted on the side of the plane. These pacific islands are proud of the heritage, and this is a modern interpretation of it. Brilliant...

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:19 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 44):
Like I said, the new livery is nice but it lacks anything tropical which is exactly what attracts leisure tourists and honeymooners.

Maybe it's just my polynesian-adapted eyesight, but the tapa cloth design instantly says tropical to me. Blue water and white sand aren't the only images to bring those vacation images to mind.

Quoting A388 (Reply 41):
I can see that but with that logic no airline from tropical destinations paint their aircraft in a tropical more appealing way. So why do airlines such as Caribbean Airlines, Air Seychelles, Air Caraibes, (former) Air Jamaica still do this? For no reason?And I totally forgot about Air Tahiti Nui!!!

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Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:28 pm

Quoting HAL (Reply 46):
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The Fiji Airways livery really should have a tropical touch to it!!!


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Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:01 pm

Keep in mind, FJ are not just trying to attract first-time customers, but get customers back as well.

So Fiji might attract passengers to fly FJ, but here are two scenarios.

Mr. and Mrs. A and their two children are travelling to Fiji. They are a bit sceptical about the airline, as they haven't heard much about it.

A) They see the plane outside, the livery is very outdated, and they start feeling nervous about their flight, for all they know the aircraft could be old (and too their logic unsafe). They stay nervous for the 2-hour airport wait. The in-flight product looks better, but they are still a bit nervous and from that their flight isn't the best. Next year they try Tahiti.

B) They see the plane outside, the plane looks modern, and even fun. They board, see the good inflight product and are cheerful. The flight ends up being very good. The holiday has started perfectly, next year they go back to Fiji.

So, of course a livery is important, even if the destination itself is the bigger selling point.

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RE: Air Pacific’s(Fiji Airways) New A330′s

Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:14 am

Quoting A388 (Reply 47):
The Fiji Airways livery really should have a tropical touch to it!!!

It does - it's just not the cliched, euro-centric idea of what "tropical" is. And frankly, if everyone else is using the same approach (tropical beaches/ trees/ flora, fauna and associated colours), then what would make Fiji stand out? lots of places have beaches. Better to show off something with character in a crowded marketplace.