On my most recent trip to the US, I flew with Fiji Airways (Formerly Air Pacific) from Sydney to LAX via Nadi (Fiji) in business class. I wanted share a couple of nice pics from the flight and the pros and cons of flying this way, rather than direct from Australia to the United States with Qantas or Virgin, etc.
The planes that operate the Sydney – Nadi – Los Angeles flights are essentially brand new Airbus A330s – the old Air Pacific B747s are well an truly retired.
The evening flight from Nadi to LAX is really pleasant. The Australian based flights all leave mid morning and arrive into LAX first thing in the morning. Leaving Fiji at 10pm, and arriving into LAX at 1pm was incredibly pleasant. Sleeping 8 hours on the flight over, being able to check into a hotel straight away, and only having the afternoon to fill in – compared to a full day was nice.
The Fiji Airways crew were very good. I know some frequent fliers would not appreciate the more casual or laid back service, compared to Qantas or Virgin, but I personally didn’t mind the more casual yet incredibly friendly crew.
The cost was approximately half of what flying Qantas or Virgin would be considering the only real trade-off was a 3 hour layover, I think it was sensational value.
Being a Qantas Frequent flyer, I was happy to receive all the status credits from NAN – LAX as Business Class and 50% standard Business Class status credits from Sydney to Nadi.
The layover in Nadi isn’t great, but it does break the trip up a bit, and a shower after waking up on the flight home is a nice treat.
Nadi Airport isn’t the most efficient airports going around – so manage your expectations.
Weather into Nadi can be troublesome, so while I had no delays, I would factor it in – especially in cyclone and storm seasons.
To mix things up, I sat in 4A from Nadi to Sydney, and realised that the legroom and space isn’t as great in those 3 three rows, compared to my regular seat for SYD-NAN-LAX-NAN in 1A, although there were more storage bins in rows other than Row 1.