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Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:06 pm

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 043
Flight Category: Y-DSR (See Report End)
Date: 14Oct-07
SDT/SAT/Delay: 0610/0640/00:30 hrs
Flight: Pacific Sun FJ 5, 26 miles
Routing: NAN-SUV
Aircraft: ATR
Seat: Economy, FS

I > Background:

Ok, I am back! After taking a sabbatical from trip reports for 5 months, here is the first installation from a series of trip reports. Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents. And, here is the best part … all of them were part of a 4 month break from life … pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.

I believe this will be the first TR on A.Net on Pacific Sun, the wholly owned subsidiary of Air Pacific.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Pacific Sun is the “new” wholly owned subsidiary of Air Pacific. It was formed in 2007 to provide primarily feeder service to Air Pacific’s international operations and provides flight in competition with Air Fiji across the breadth of the Fiji islands.

Booking for the flight was done using Pacific Sun’s website at www.pacificsun.com.fj . For a small airline, I was pleasantly surprised at the simple clean and well functioning website. It was much better than some majors out there. Within minutes, I had my tickets selected, purchased, paid, and e-tickets generated. Of course, there was no ability to change/edit/modify my booking; and none to select or change seats, but for such short island hoppers, does it really matter?

b) At Airport:
NAN domestic is a small airport. Check-in is done along with international operations. I woke up at 05.00am, was dropped at the airport at 05.20am, and had cleared check-in formalities by 05.30am. All very efficient. The check-in staff member was friendly and informed me that FJ has free seating on all its domestic flights. Post check-in, there is a café where I picked up some breakfast and waited for the boarding announcement. After the boarding announcement is made, you go through one door through one X-Ray machine (security) to the tarmac! I did so as well. Upon boarding through the rear stairway, I was greeted by 2 crew members. Y Load (well, entire aircraft was Y) was around 16%!!!

Airport - External:

(Nadi Airport)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/001.jpg

Check-in:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/002.jpg

Airport - Internal:

(Domestic Terminal)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/003.jpg

(I have many “issues” … one of them is an obsession with flight displays)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/004.jpg

Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE

Lounge

NONE

Boarding:

NONE

III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Juice after take off.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
FJ uses a ATR for the routing. The aircraft seemed well maintained and I found pitch and recline for a turbo-prop to be very generous. On the other hand, the cleanliness of the lavatory left much to be desired.

Aircraft:

(@SUV)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/005.jpg

Views from Aircraft:

NONE

Seat Leg-Room:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/006.jpg

Seat Recline + Angle View:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/007.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/008.jpg

Cabin:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/009.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/010.jpg

c) Meal + Beverage:
For a 26 mile flight, I was surprised (and pleased) with the orange juice service.

(Juice and Newspaper – pleasant surprise for 29 miles flight)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/011.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:

In-flight magazine of Air Pacific provided a read to complement the beautiful views through the window. Distribution of newspapers was a good touch for such a short flight.

(In-flight magazines, Boarding Passes, etc.)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/018.jpg

e) Crew:
The two attendants displayed warmth and carried out their limited responsibilities with dignity and efficacy.

IV> Post-Flight:

Suva airport is positively comatose. Upon landing, my eyes were immediately fixated on the parked Convair CV-580. Besides that, there really is no attraction. Bags are brought to a claim belt on the tarmac, and then you walk outside to the waiting taxis.

(Taxiing in next to the Convair)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/012.jpg

(SUV airside)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/013.jpg

(Beautiful CV 580)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/014.jpg

(SUV baggage claim)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/015.jpg

(SUV Airport)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/016.jpg

V> Impressions + Scores:

Short flight with low expectations. I wanted to share with A.Netters a Pacific Sun flight in Fiji rather than make a comprehensive evaluation. For the routing in question (26 miles), FJ provided all one can ask for … clean, efficient, on-time service, connecting seamlessly to an international network. Small touches like the orange juice, the newspaper, and the great crew are a definite bonus. Definitely would fly with them again.

1.0 > RESERVATION: 7.0
2.0 > CHECK-IN: 9.0
0.5 > LOUNGE: N/A
0.5 > BOARDING: 8.0
2.0 > SEAT: 7.0
0.5 > AIRCRAFT OVERALL AMBIENCE: 6.0
1.0 > IFE: 5.0
2.0 > CREW: 7.0
2.0 > FOOD: 1.0
0.5 > BEVERAGES: 5.0
0.5 > A.KITS + OTHER FREEBIES: 5.0
0.5 > DISEMBARKATION: 8.0
1.0 > ON-TIME RECORD: 8.0
WEIGHTED OVERALL IMPRESSION (WOI): 6.07
(Pre-flight WOI of all reviews: 6.41)
* Weighted Overall Impression (WOI) aligns scores with what matters most. Weights are indicated alongside each category.

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service – No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

PREMIUM:
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.70: KLM: EBB-AMS: 08/2007
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007

ECONOMY: Short
8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)

VII> Other Pictures:

It has now become customary to share some other connected aviation images, and some images of the place I went to. Hope everyone enjoys!

(View of Fiji’s inland taken during flight)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/FJ%205/017.jpg

[Edited 2008-04-05 09:07:07]
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Ben10
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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:19 pm

A very interesting report! I'd like to fly in one of those smaller planes someday. I've never been to Fiji as well, from your TR it looks like a fun place to go!
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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:10 am



Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Mid-August to mid-November 2007 saw the craziest of my travel plans. 69 flights totalling 175,028 kms on 35 airlines, visiting 49 airports in 34 countries in all 6 continents.

Every a.net member's wet dream...

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
And, here is the best part … all of them were part of a 4 month break from life … pure vacation, and pure food for the mind, body, and soul. Together, they mounted to 21/2 round-the-worlds that was truly insane. As usual, all long haul flights were on Business or First Class; short haul was on Economy Class.

I hate you...  Wink But seriously, how much total did this cost? Did you save like crazy? A 4 month break from life doing nothing but flying and seeing the world sounds AWESOME to me!!!  Smile
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NZ747
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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:43 am

Great report and pics! The Fiji domestic scene has come a long way in the last year or so with Pacific Sun. Before that, having to go on Air Fiji was a nightmare with rust bucket planes and endless flight delays. I fly that route often, and actually I'm flying it again this wednesday. If you think the seat pitch on the ATR is generous, you should see what you get sitting at seat 2F! There are two rearward facing seats in front with endless legroom in between.

Cheers  Smile
 
ba319-131
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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:13 pm

Great report and photo's, thanks!

I'm pretty unlikely to fly this route and or airline so it's nice to see what I'm likely to miss.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:21 am



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 2):
I hate you... But seriously, how much total did this cost? Did you save like crazy? A 4 month break from life doing nothing but flying and seeing the world sounds AWESOME to me!!!

= You know, you would be surprised. I am someone who usually flies J or F and then can walk into a USD 5.00 hotel and be OK dorming with annoying young tourists  Smile. Traveling can be surprisingly cheap if you know how to stretch the dollar/euro/pound/rupee/etc.

Cheers,
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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:25 am

Abrelosojos

I've really enjoyed your recent trip reports (heck, all of them for that matter). You and I have similar travel patterns - F/Jfor long haul, and Y for shorter stuff - and you like flying to weird places on weird aircraft. That's me in a nutshell (much to the annoyance of my girlfriend)...

The best praise I can give you is when I logged on I saw your CO trip report up the top, and then I immediately scanned all the reports looking for your name to see if you had written any more. All I can say is hurry up and write some more.

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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:13 pm

Nice TR

The pics are really good.

First time I read a TR about Pacific Sun. Interesting indeed!!

The load factor seems really poor. How does that route really perform??


Thank you for sharing

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RE: Pacific Sun FJ 5: 14/OCT/07: NAN-SUV: Y Cabin

Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:21 am



Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 6):
The best praise I can give you is when I logged on I saw your CO trip report up the top, and then I immediately scanned all the reports looking for your name to see if you had written any more. All I can say is hurry up and write some more.

mD

= Thanks for such an overwhelming compliment. I am indeed flattered. I have been really busy living in an airplane ... and on short term assignment living in Boston (COLD) ... but hopefully will have a chance to write one or two more over the weekend.

Cheers,
A.
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