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FJ / Fiji Airways (ex-Air Pacific) and AA, miles, awards, etc. (consolidated)

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(ex-Air Pacific)

NOTE: AA seems not to be able to see FJ award inventory. Try calling AA Australia (+61 2-9101-1948 ) then press 4 - or the New Zealand number (+64 09-308-4014) as an alternative - although the call center is actually in Suva, Fiji (I believe it's our old South African agency friend Mindpearl) - as they can see the inventory reliably, and you can book. Or, put the FJ segments on hold so you can flesh out the award afterward and/or pay the fees in USD through the US call center.

Air Pacific (46% Qantas owned, 51% Fiji government owned) rebranded as Fiji Airways (as of June 2013 - follow the topic and changes here: Air Pacific becoming Fiji Airways (again) & securing three A330-200s (2013) in the Other Asian, Australian and South Pacific Frequent Flyer Programs. In 2016, an A330-300 initiated service NAN-LAX, and in 2017 NAN-SFO.

New aircraft, configuration, new baggage limits etc. for 2016 are in this FT thread.

Fiji Airways is still an AA partner (as well as a codeshare partner of AS, CX, EY, IE, NZ and QF). The partnership has not changed - one earns redeemable (Award) AA miles flying as FJ, AA EQ miles can be earned if flown as AA or QF codeshares (often more expensive); no EQ miles if flown as AS or CX codeshares (as FJ is not a oneworld member).

Business (née Tambua) Class in both (three) A330-200 and (one) -300: 24 Zodiac / Weber 7811 8 degree from horizontal angled lie-flats with A/C and USB, 15.4" screen with Panasonic eX2 AVOD in 2 x 2 x 2 configuration. (The SQ leased 747 offered 28 Tabua seats - not much of a loss here.)

Economy (née Pacific Voyager) Class: 249 (289 in-300) Weber 5751 slim-line with IFE, A/C and USB power in a 2 x 4 x 2 configuration with 31-32" pitch and 7.5" total recline (6" seat back movement, 1.5" seat base movement) and 9" Panasonic touchscreen AVOD with controls in the seatback (not armrest). (747 offered 430 with 32" in Pacific Voyager, a major seat capacity reduction.)

Starting your trip in Nadi in. Business Class you will be able to access the new Fiji Airways Premier Lounge (but as FJ is not a oneworld airline, status alone won’t get you in).

"Bula", pronounced mboo-lah, short for "ni sa bula", merely is the typical Fijian "hello" and "welcome"; it's not a class of service. Fiji Airways Premier Lounge is the name for their NAN lounge and VIP club; it is costly and bureaucratically challenging to join - but if you're flying FJ a lot, it offers an additional checked in bag, lounge access and other perqs.[/quote]

Resource links:

Link to aa.com page on earning / spending miles on Fiji Airways (may still be referred to as "Air Pacific" on some parts of aa.com)

Link to Fiji Airways new website

Link to Fiji Airways route map

Link to Fiji Airways fleet information

Link to Fiji Airways baggage allowance tables

Link to rebranding article showcasing new appearance, symbology, etc.

Link to A330-200 seat diagram (PDF document)

The USA will see Fiji Airways A330-300 flight to Los Angeles on January 2016. See Link[/B][/U] to article with photos; link to page with information, photos and video (Australian Business Traveller). And FJ serves SFO on select days.

Link to Airline Reporter illustrated article on the new Fiji Airways A330-200 product.
Code:
OUR FLEET
 Fiji Airways flights are available on modern Boeing and Airbus 
 aircraft, ranging from the 122 seat 737-700 to the brand new 
 A330-200 seating 273. Passengers will enjoy the comfort of our 
 modern fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, or one of the new Airbus 
 A330-200 aircraft (and new A330-300).
 
 Boeing 737-700 (one)
 Total capacity: 122
 Saleable configuration: 8 Business Class | 114 Economy Class
 Business Class seating: 48" pitch, 18" recline, in-seat video with 
 6 video channels and 10 audio channels
 Economy Class seating: 29-32" pitch, 6" recline. Drop down screens 
 every 3 rows, with main screen video and 10 audio channels.
 
 Boeing 737-800 (five, adding three more)
 Total capacity: 164
 Saleable configuration: 8 Business Class | 156 Economy Class
 Business Class seating: 48" pitch, 18" recline, in-seat video with 
 6 video channels and 10 audio channels
 Economy Class seating: 32" pitch, 6" recline. Drop down screens 
 every 3 rows, with main screen video and 10 audio channels.
 
 Airbus A330-200 (three)
 Total capacity: 273
 Saleable configuration: 24 Business Class | 249 Economy Class
 Business Class seating: 60" pitch, 8 degree angled lie flat bed, in-seat 
 video with 15.4” monitors, in-seat power and entertainment on demand
 Economy Class seating: 31-32" pitch, 7.5" recline, in-seat video with 
 10.6” monitors, in-seat USB power and entertainment on demand
 
 Airbus A330-300 (one)
 Total capacity: 313
 Saleable configuration: 24 Business Class | 289 Economy Class
 Business Class seating: 60" pitch, 8 degree angled lie flat bed, in-seat 
 video with 15.4” monitors, in-seat power and entertainment on demand
 Economy Class seating: 31-32" pitch, 7.5" recline, in-seat video with 
 10.6” monitors, in-seat USB power and entertainment on demand
 
 De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters Fleet (Operated by Pacific Sun)
 Total capacity: 12
 
 ATR 42-500 Fleet (Operated by Pacific Sun)
 Total capacity: 42
”On May 2, 2019. Fiji Airways announced its intention to lease 2 Airbus A350-900 as a part of their fleet expansion, these will operate routes to Australia, New Zealand and The United States of America . They will be delivered between November and December 2019. They have been leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.[14] These A350 frames were supposedly going to be delivered to Hong Kong Airlines however following the cancellation of their order,they were purchased by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.” — Wikipedia
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Old Nov 9, 18, 4:17 pm
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Using AA miles on Fiji Airways

Hi all, I don't fly much on AA but have some credit card miles I'd like to use on a trip to Fiji (several islands), Vanuatu, and Samoa (next Aug-Sep). There is plenty of availability LAX-NAD-LAX on Fiji Airways. But, I'd like to score a ticket for LAX-VLI (Vanuatu), and/or APW (Samoa)-LAX, with the actual Fiji visit in the middle This would save not only the cost of the extra segment but also the hefty ($94) Fiji departure tax. (I'll have 3 of those if I just get a FF ticket to Fiji, as they are priced into the ticket.) Unfortunately there are no award tix to or from VLI, or from APW (except for occasional crazy connections via OZ). I called AA who said Yup, can't do that, but I don't know how hard they tried.

1) Might there be any award availability that you have to use some advanced tricks to see?
2) Might there be a way to avoid departure tax when you are using separate tickets but don't leave the airport? (All flights are on Fiji airways - maybe a question for them)

Thanks for any hints.
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Old Nov 9, 18, 4:52 pm
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You stop in Nadi 24 hours or longer, separate awards.

Youndepart Nadi, you paybdeparture tax.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 10:05 pm
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Any know about SUV-FUN (Tuvalu) award space on Expert Flyer? A few dates show availability but the AA rep cannot find award space. I have tried both the US & AU call centers.
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Old Mar 6, 19, 6:36 pm
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Originally Posted by IAD_flyer View Post
Any know about SUV-FUN (Tuvalu) award space on Expert Flyer? A few dates show availability but the AA rep cannot find award space. I have tried both the US & AU call centers.
I'm looking for exactly the same thing right now so please let me know if you had any success. I've booked my flights into NAN but frustratingly in the last day or two ALL award availability NAN-SUV has disappeared for May onwards, which is annoying as the Tuvalu flights go from SUV. Now of course in theory it's simple and cheap just to pay cash for NAN-SUV (£22) but I booked my inbound into NAN the night before the FUN flight, thus I really want NAN-SUV-FUN on one ticket incase of IRROPS. Does anyone have any experience of FJ domestic award space simply disappearing for months? Does it come back?!

Cheers!

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Old Apr 4, 19, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by kingstontoon View Post
I'm looking for exactly the same thing right now so please let me know if you had any success. I've booked my flights into NAN but frustratingly in the last day or two ALL award availability NAN-SUV has disappeared for May onwards, which is annoying as the Tuvalu flights go from SUV. Now of course in theory it's simple and cheap just to pay cash for NAN-SUV (£22) but I booked my inbound into NAN the night before the FUN flight, thus I really want NAN-SUV-FUN on one ticket incase of IRROPS. Does anyone have any experience of FJ domestic award space simply disappearing for months? Does it come back?!

Cheers!
Just incase anyone else is watching this thread, I emailed Fiji Airways FAO revenue management asking nicely whether they'd accidentally removed all the NAN-SUV-NAN award availability until the end of time. I never received a response but a day or two later availability reappeared for all dates between now and at least August. I was therefore able to put FUN-SUV-NAN on hold and then called to add an extra segment to Australia. So anyone country ticking, Tuvalu is game on again!
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Old Aug 5, 19, 6:10 pm
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Has anyone else noticed that FJ hasn't made any US to NAN award space available at the end of the calendar to American (or Alaska) for almost a month now? Anyone have insight as to why this might be?
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Old Aug 5, 19, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by CedarSwampThing View Post
Has anyone else noticed that FJ hasn't made any US to NAN award space available at the end of the calendar to American (or Alaska) for almost a month now? Anyone have insight as to why this might be?
This is likely because of pending fleet changes.
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Old Aug 5, 19, 8:57 pm
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This is likely because of pending fleet changes.
Thanks for your insight. But I did notice that AA is already showing the A350 in flights between LAX and NAN from around the beginning of 2020
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Old Aug 5, 19, 9:30 pm
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Any update for AA EQM/EQD earn to be implemented on FJ flights? As a sponsor of the Oneworld Connect member FJ, I would've thought AA would have implemented reciprocity by now.
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Old Sep 4, 19, 1:19 pm
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Anyone seen a problem with NAN-LAX in business? Generally none available, although a decent amount available to NAN. Cost of paying for the business flight is only $1100, so not the end of the world, just weird that none is available.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 12:18 pm
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Hey DAArksiders,

Booked, CLT-NAN on 8-4 -20 for 3 in BC and SYD-SFO via NAN on 8-11-20 for 3 in BC. Worry about SFO to CLT a little later. Will do a cheap revenue NAN-SYD ticket in between.

Safe Travels.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 1:15 pm
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Any update for AA EQM/EQD earn to be implemented on FJ flights? As a sponsor of the Oneworld Connect member FJ, I would've thought AA would have implemented reciprocity by now.
AA has been slow to enhance the AA-FJ Connection, including across the board reciprocal lounge access. They seem satisfied to merely codeshare, etc.

Originally Posted by GTITAN View Post
Hey DAArksiders,

Booked, CLT-NAN on 8-4 -20 for 3 in BC and SYD-SFO via NAN on 8-11-20 for 3 in BC. Worry about SFO to CLT a little later. Will do a cheap revenue NAN-SYD ticket in between.

Safe Travels.
Goodonya!
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