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
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.
-TAK is the registration of that aircraft.. I saw the same aircraft on final on Rarotonga after I landed. (See picture further down)
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
If only Scandinavian Airlines had stewardesses like this one
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
Still some runway left..
A road along the runway.. I rented a motorcycle later on and raced some of the small planes taking off
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...!
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!