Air Pacific, the flag carrier of Fiji, will increase its flight frequencies to a number of destinations including Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne with the induction of new Airbus A330 aircraft beginning from April 2013. The airline is also planning daily Los Angeles to Fiji flights in November.
The first A330 flight to the US will be to Los Angeles on July 1. Air Pacific plans to replace its existing four Boeing 747 flights a week from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with a mix of 747 and A330 flights until November. In November, the route will be served solely by A330s with an increased frequency of 7 flights a week (daily). Connecting flights are available from major airports, including San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, New York, and Boston, throughout the US.
The extra flights will offer more connecting flight opportunities through stopovers or continuation flights to Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong as well as the smaller Fiji Islands and nearby Pacific Island countries.
Air Pacific, which is rebranding itself as Fiji Airways in June 2013, has ordered three Airbus A330-200 aircraft that will be delivered from March to November 2013.
The A330s will offer a number of new features including 60-inch seat-pitch angled lie-flat seats and 15.4-inch in-flight entertainment (IFE) displays in Tabua (business) class and seats with a 7.5-inch recline in Pacific Voyager (economy) class. The plane’s configuration will include 24 seats in business class and 249 economy class seats.
The first A330 flight will be between Nadi (Fiji) and Auckland (New Zealand) on April 2.
Air Pacific intends to upgrade and rebrand all of its existing Boeing 737s and retire all of its Boeing 747s by the end of 2013.