‘Ohana by Hawaiian begins service

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, North America, Pacific, USA | Posted on 12-03-2014

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Ohana Hawaii‘Ohana by Hawaiian, the new turboprop offshoot of Hawaiian Airlines, has begun flying.

The carrier operates ATR 42 turboprops in an attractive livery on routes from Honolulu to both Lana’i and Moloka’i – services that have not been covered by the parent airline since 2004.

 

Air New Zealand announces 787 routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, North America, Pacific, USA | Posted on 05-07-2013

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Air New Zealand 787-9Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the Boeing 787-9 variant. It has recently announced the destinations it will send the aircraft to once it takes delivery in 2014. They are:

Auckland – Honolulu
Auckland – Papeete
Auckland – Perth
Auckland – Shanghai Pudong
Auckland – Tokyo Narita

Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the 787-9 is a game changer for the airline.

“This modern flexible fuel efficient aircraft will not only replace our current fleet of Boeing 767s, it also represents a significant growth opportunity for our business and opens up the prospect of expanding our Pacific Rim footprint.

 

Fiji Airways A330 delivered

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Pacific, Pacific | Posted on 26-03-2013

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Fiji Airways A330Fiji Airways has taken delivery of its new Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

This is the first to wear the airline’s new livery and name (it was formerly called Air Pacific), and will begin flying from the islands to destinations in the Far East and North America. See my previous blog post about the routes it will serve.

The aircraft, registered DQ-FJT, will replace the airline’s existing Boeing 747-400 by the end of the year.

Where to spot the new Fiji Airways A330

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Pacific, Pacific, USA | Posted on 20-02-2013

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Fiji Airways A330Fiji Airways, formerly Air Pacific, have announced the routes and destinations its new Airbus A330 aircraft will serve.

The aircraft feature the new livery of the airline and look pretty nice!

From 21 April 2013, the Fiji Airways A330s will fly from Nadi to:

Auckland
Brisbane
Los Angeles (from 1 July)
Melbourne (from 2-27 August)
Sydney (from 8 June)

The airline’s Boeing 747-400 will continue to operate routes alongside the A330, with a retirement set for January 2014.

The first aircraft is Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJT, msn 1394

 

Chathams Pacific closing Tonga operation from March

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Australasia, Miscellaneous Spotting, Pacific | Posted on 29-01-2013

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Chathams Convair 580The sad news has been announced that Chathams Pacific is to cancel its domestic services in Tonga from 3 March 2013 following the announcement that the Tonga Government are to create a new airline in direct competition.

 

In a press release on the Chathams website, its owner explains how there is not enough of a market to support two airlines, and so with regret he will close his operation’s domestic services.

Chathams Pacific was founded to help provide such services, and operates a fleet including the Douglas DC-3, Convair 580, Fairchild Metro, and Beech Queen Air. The airline gets a mention in our Last Chance to Fly book because it is amongst the last operators of passenger DC-3s and CV-580s anywhere in the world.

The new airline is being sponsored by the Chinese Government, who are providing crew training and MA-60 and Y-12 turboprop aircraft for the operation.

It is unclear whether international links to New Zealand will still be flown by Chathams.