Fiji Airways

Review: Fiji Airways Business Class A330 Nadi To Los Angeles

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While my previous flight was operated by Fiji Airways’ one A330-300, this flight was operated by one of the airlines’ three A330-200 aircraft.

The business class cabin on both planes is identical, though the one difference is that on the -300 there’s an economy cabin immediately behind business class, while on the -200 the entire space between doors one and two is taken up by business class.

So business class consisted of a total of 24 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2-2 configuration.

I had only assigned my seat at the airport (given that I booked only hours in advance), and ended up selecting seat 1B.

I was curious to try the bulkhead, given that there was much more legroom.

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Review: Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport

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My flight from Nadi back to Los Angeles was scheduled to depart at 9:40PM, and I made it to the airport at around 7PM. Even though Nadi Airport has a fair number of longhaul flights, the airport is quite small, and feels more like a regional airport.

I quickly found Fiji Airways’ check-in area, and the business class check-in counter was at the very right, next to the bag drop counter.

The friendly associate had me checked in very quickly, and within moments I was presented with my boarding passes all the way to New York.

She explained the location of the Fiji Airways lounge to me, and directed me towards the security checkpoint.

Nadi Airport is undergoing a huge renovation, so right now most of the airport looks like a construction zone, including the walkway to security.

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Review: Fiji Airways Business Class A330 Los Angeles To Nadi

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After taking a bus to our remote stand, I boarded through door L2, where I was greeted by the purser with a “bula” (the typical Fijian greeting), and pointed left towards business class.

Fiji Airways has four A330s — three of them are A330-200 aircraft, while one is an A330-300 aircraft. I ended up on the airline’s one A330-300. While the business class cabins on all their planes are identical, there’s more room between the first and second door on the -300 version (since it’s stretched), so Fiji Airways puts a small economy cabin there with three rows of seats. They call this the Economy Quiet Zone, and it’s for passengers 18 and over only. You can only buy-up to this area at check-in, since I don’t believe Fiji Airways consistently schedules this larger plane on a specific route.

Fiji Airways’ business class cabin consists of a total of 24 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2-2 configuration.

I loved the cream colored finishes of the cabin and the pillows which provided nice contrast. The cabin felt very cheery and tropical, which is fitting for the airline.

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Review: Los Angeles International Lounge LAX Airport

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My flight to Fiji was at 11:30PM, though I decided to get to LAX very early, since I knew the lounge would fill up closer to departure, so it would be easier to take pictures earlier in the evening.

Fiji Airways departs out of Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, with their check-in counters being in the “B” area, which is towards the center of the terminal. There was no one in line at the business class counter, though it still took over 10 minutes until the associate was done helping the people in front of me.

Once it was my turn, my boarding pass was printed in less than a minute, and a cabin baggage tag was placed on my carry-on. I headed towards security, which is rarely a pleasant experience in the evenings at Tom Bradley International Terminal. It’s not just the volume of people, but also that they’re mostly foreigners who aren’t familiar with TSA regulations, so the whole process takes even longer than it usually does.

Within about 20 minutes I was through security, and headed to the Los Angeles International Lounge, which is the contract lounge that Fiji Airways uses in Los Angeles. While I knew this would be the least nice lounge in the terminal, I was excited to visit it since it’s the only lounge in the terminal I’ve yet to visit.

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Introduction: A Very Short Trip To Fiji

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While I take a lot of crazy trips, usually they’re structured that way by design. This trip was different, unfortunately.

As you guys know, my goal is to review as many new airlines in business class as possible. While flying airlines like Pakistan and Saudia in business class might not sound like the most desirable thing out there, I’ve really been enjoying trying new products, possibly more than flying the same great first class products over and over.

The planning for this trip started back in March, and the goal was to review both Fiji Airways and Air Tahiti Nui business class, given that they’re the two biggest Pacific island airlines I’ve never flown before, yet they’re both quite useful airlines for redeeming miles.

Alaska Mileage Plan is a great frequent flyer program, and they have some very unique airline partners. One of those partners is Fiji Airways, where they have an intriguing redemption opportunity.

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Change In Plans: I’m Flying Back To The US After 15 Hours In Fiji

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I’m used to taking crazy quick trips, though usually that’s by design. Well, this trip ranks up there on the list of crazy trips, though unfortunately quite unintentionally.

I just wrapped up my first day in Fiji, and was supposed to spend two more days here before continuing to Auckland on Fiji Airways, and then returning to Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui via Tahiti.

In the back of my mind I always think about how long it would take me to get back to the US if there were an emergency. Well, that has finally happened, and I think I realized I’m in one of the tougher places for getting back to the US on a moment’s notice.

Unfortunately something horrible happened, so I’m headed back to the US right away. Usually I can use miles & points to figure out a creative routing home, even when time is of the essence.

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Fiji Airways A330 Business Class In 10 Pictures

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As I mentioned in the weekly review, this week I’m finally taking the trip on Fiji Airways and Air Tahiti Nui that I had booked earlier in the year. I’m now in Fiji, after having taken the Saturday night flight from Los Angeles to Nadi.

It goes without saying that I’ll have a full trip report soon, but in the meantime here’s my typical “10 pictures” teaser post, with my initial thoughts on the experience. As a reminder, I redeemed 55,000 Alaska miles for the one-way journey in business class, and part of what makes this such a great value is that you can fly from the US to Australia or New Zealand with a stopover in Fiji at no extra cost. It’s a great way to visit a new destination on a stopover.

Fiji Airways’ A330s feature 24 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2-2 configuration. These are the same seats that Singapore Airlines and China Airlines have on many of their A330s, which are primarily flown regionally.

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Coming Up: Air Tahiti Nui & Fiji Airways Business Class Reviews!

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At the beginning of the year I wrote a post about the 16 airlines I want to review in 2016. I’ve heard the feedback loud and clear that you guys want me to review new airlines (especially in business class), so I’ve been making an effort to do so.

So far in 2016 I’ve checked the following products off my list:

— Air France business class
— Air India first class
— Finnair business class
— Hainan business class
— Iberia business class
— LAN business class
— Oman Air business class

Well, I’m happy to report that I just booked an award which will allow me to review two new airlines. Unfortunately they’re also the only airlines I’m wanting to review which don’t offer flat beds in business class, but perhaps that will make the review all the more interesting.

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The Next Award Redemption I’m Most Excited To Make

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It’s no secret that Alaska Mileage Plan miles are extremely valuable. Alaska doesn’t belong to any alliance, but they do have several unique airline partners both for earning and redeeming miles.

Typically when I talk about redeeming Alaska miles I highlight the value of redeeming them for travel on Cathay Pacific and Emirates, in particular in first class.

I’ve redeemed Alaska miles for travel on both carrier several times. Though there’s one award redemption I’ve been eying for a long time and have mentioned in passing, but haven’t actually pulled the trigger on.

Specifically, Alaska has a partnership with Fiji Airways, whereby you can earn and redeem miles for travel on them.

Why am I so excited about the prospect of redeeming Alaska miles on Fiji Airways?

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