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About Air Pacific

Air Pacific was the flag carrier airline of Fiji and is based in Nadi, Fiji. Air Pacific operated international and domestic services to 17 cities and 10 countries around Oceania. Qantas Airways was Air Pacific’s second biggest shareholder at 46%.

Air Pacific flew to many destinations including Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Vancouver, Nadi, Suva, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kiribati, Kiritimati, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Apia, Singapore, Honiara, Taipei, Nuku'alofa, Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Port Vila.

Air Pacific Airways' fleet consisted of Airbus A330-200, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-700, ATR 72-600, ATR 42-600 and Twin Otters.

The airline was originally founded in 1947 as Katafaga Estates Ltd, but was was renamed to Fiji Airways in 1951. After the founders death in 1958, the airline was acquired by Qantas. In 1970, Fiji gained independence from Great Britain and was renamed again to Air Pacific. However, in 2012, it was announced that the airline would rebrand to Fiji Airways which is what is still is currently.

Please visit the Fiji Airways page for more information about this airline.



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Air Pacific Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

As Air Pacific no longer operate under this name, the carry-on baggage is the same as that for Fiji Airways:

Economy class passengers are allowed one piece of cabin baggage. This must be a maximum of 7kg in weight, and fit within the dimensions of 55 x 40 x23cm. In addition, passengers are allowed one personal item free of charge. This can include items such as a laptop bag, handbag or blanket.

Business class passengers are allowed two pieces of cabin baggage, each weighing a maximum of 7kg. Alternatively, passengers are permitted one piece of hand luggage weighing a maximum of 14kg. Cabin luggage must fit within the dimensions of 56 x 45 x 25cm. In addition, passengers are allowed one personal item free of charge. This can include items such as a laptop bag, handbag or blanket.


Checked Baggage

As Air Pacific no longer operates under this name, the checked baggage is the same as that for Fiji Airways:

Economy Class passengers are allowed 23kg of checked baggage.

For Business Class, passengers are allowed 40kg of luggage, unless travelling to or from the US and Canada, where Business class are allowed up to 3 pieces of luggage totalling no more than 30kg.

When travelling to Honolulu, passengers travelling economy class are permitted 23kg of luggage. Business class passengers are allowed 30kg of luggage.

For passengers travelling domestically, the baggage allowance is reduced to 15kg.



Air Pacific Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Air Pacific offer online check in through their operating name, Fiji Airways. Online check-in open 24 hours before departure, closing 4 hours before departure. A link to Fiji Airways online check in can be found here.


Airport Check-In

Air Pacific airport check in times are the same as the for Fiji Airways. To complete airport check-in, head to the Fiji Airways counter.

For international flights, airport check in will open 3hours before departure time, and close 1 hour prior to departure for economy class, and 50 minutes for business class.

For passengers flying domestically, check-in opens at least 90 before departure time. This will close 30 minutes before departure.



Economy Class

Air Pacific offers an Economy Class with a few different fare options. These fares give passengers added extras, such as more flexible cancellation and change policies. However, regardless of the fare chosen, the inflight experience is much the same.

Economy Class Facilities

Each passenger is given access to the in-flight entertainment system, where passengers can enjoy a range of the movies and television shows, with children options included. Air Pacific's in-flight entertainment system also has the latest hits, which are free to listen to.

Economy Class Seating

Economy Class offers comfortable and spacious seats. Seat formations are set out in the following formations, depending on the route flown:

  • 2 x 4 x 2
  • 2 x 2
  • 3 x 3
  • 1 x 2


Business Class

Air Pacific offers two types of Business Class fares, with a more restricted option 'Saver' and a more full option 'Plus'. Although, the type of fare chosen doesn't have an effect on the in-flight experience. 

Business Class Facilities

Business Class passengers can enjoy a special service, delivered by the airline's expertly trained Business Class cabin crew.

Before the flight, passengers are given a larger baggage allowance as well as priority check-in and boarding and access to the exclusive airport lounge.

During the flight, Business Class customers can enjoy a three-course meal from the airline's Business Class in-flight menu. This comes accompanied with a wine menu, spirits, liqueurs and an array of cheeses.

Business Class passengers also have access to the airline's in-flight entertainment system, with a personal monitor fitted to each seat.

Passengers are also treated to a Business Class amenity kit.

Business Class Seating

The Business Class cabin is at the front of the aircraft with its own separate cabin. Seats have extra recline, but don't lie fully-flat. Each seat is fitted with a socket which can be used for charging electronic devices.

Business Class seats are set out in a 2 x 2 x 2 formation.




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Pacific Air Fleet

Before changing its name to Fiji Aiways, Pacific Air operated its fleet on the following aircraft:


Airbus A330-200

Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737-800



Air Pacific News

26th March 2018

Air Pacific record profits

Air Pacific made a $95.8 million profit in 2017, its highest ever before tax record. The profit is a 13.4%increase from the previous financial year, a statement from the national carrier said.The company comprises Fiji Airways, its subsidiaries Fiji Link and Pacific Call Comm. Ltd, and includes a 38.75 per cent share of Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island.The Air Pacific statement said the group earned F$929m, an increase of $103.7m from the year before and carried 1.6 million passengers compared to 1.4 million for 2016. The profit-share for non-management staff and minimum bonus for management has increased by 10 per cent from 2016.



8th September 2017

Air Pacific to acquire new Twin Otters for subsidiary

Air Pacific has signed an agreement with Viking Air to acquire three DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otters for its Fiji Link subsidiary, with an option to acquire a fourth aircraft. The new aircraft will replace two of the three older Bombardier DHC-6 Series 300s, thus raising the DHC-6's overall fleet size to four aircraft. Deliveries of the aircraft will take place between October and early 2018, says Fiji Airways.


"Our team is also considering converting one of our current Twin Otter aircraft into a multi-use vehicle to cater not only for additional scheduled flying, but to provide opportunities for new charter business, medical evacuation services and carriage of freight," says the airline's chief executive Andre Viljoen. Air Pacific adds a decision to acquire the fourth model will be made in 2018. Flight Fleets Analyzer indicates that besides the three DHC-6 Series 300s, Fiji Link also operates an ATR 42-600 and two ATR 72-600s.



August 2017

Fiji Airways in top on-time ranking

Air Pacific is ranked fourth on airline on-time performance star ratings across the South Pacific including Australia and New Zealand. It was rated one star with an on-time performance of 78.9 per cent. The ratings were compiled by OAG Aviation, which tracks airline movements globally.


According to an article by the Blue Swan Daily, in order to achieve a star rating, airlines and airports must achieve a minimum of 75 per cent on-time performance. Of the airports, Nadi International Airport also achieved a star rating with 76.6 per cent performance. It was one of 14 airports to achieve star ratings. No airlines or airports in the region received a four or five star rating



August 2017

Fiji Airways signs agreement with Viking Air

Fiji Airways has signed an agreement with Viking Air to acquire three DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otters for its Fiji Link subsidiary, with an option to acquire a fourth aircraft. The new aircraft will replace two of the three older Bombardier DHC-6 Series 300s, thus raising the DHC-6's overall fleet size to four aircraft. Deliveries of the aircraft will take place between October and early 2018, saysFiji Airways.Fiji Airways adds a decision to acquire the fourth model will be made in 2018.Fiji Link also operates an ATR 42-600 and two ATR 72-600s.



July 2017

Air Pacific gets upgraded at LAX airport

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, is proud to announce that Business Class guests travelling out of, or throughLos Angeles Airport (LAX) are set to receive another upgrade. From today,Fiji Airways’ Business Class and eligible Tabua Club passengers will have access to the stylish One World Lounge, located on Level 5 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.Air Pacific has relocated its lounge at the popular airport to offer guests more space and the premium amenities available at the One World Lounge, including distinctive lounge dining, an impressive bar service, showers and refreshments, wireless internet and a business centre.Access to the One World Lounge will be offered exclusively to Air Pacific guests seated in Business Class and eligible Tabua Members.



June 2017

Fiji Airways announce direct San Francisco to Fiji flights

Fiji Airways recommenced its direct San Francisco to Fiji flights, extending from seasonal to a year-round service, following a successful first year of operation. The directSan FranciscoInternational Airport (SFO) toFiji(NAN) services began mid-2016 as a seasonal route.The new year-round services sees the Fijian carrier fly between SFO and NAN twice a week and increasing to three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) in the high season from June through August and December. San FranciscoInternational Airport Director,Ivar C. Satero, also commented, "We are thrilled that Air Pacific has chosen SFO for expanded year-round service. This move validates the strong market for non-stop flights between San Francisco and Fiji, and we are pleased that our customers can now enjoy Fiji Airways' award-winning service year-round.”

Fiji Airways' San Francisco to Nadi, Fiji flight will depart11:00pm(local time) arriving in Nadi at5:10 am(local time, +2 days). The flight will depart Nadi at10:15pm (local time), arriving in San Francisco1:45pm (local time, the same day). Operated using Fiji Airways' A330 aircraft, 10-hour direct flights offer both Economy and Business Class travel options. All Air Pacific flights are full-service and include checked and carry-on baggage, in-flight entertainment, meals and alcoholic beverages.



May 2016

Air Pacific and Jetstar announce agreement

Air Pacific and Jetstar announced the launch of an interline agreement that will see the Fijian flag carrier connect to more than 21 destinations on Jetstar’s network from Singapore. The interline agreement has been signed with the Jetstar Group of branded airlines including Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Pacific.



February 2016

Air Pacific announce weekly flights to Vava’u from Nadi

Air Pacific announces twice-weekly flights from Nadi to Vava'u in Tonga. The new flight schedule offers easy connectivity from our international gateways, with especially short connectivity for our North American travellers connecting through Nadi, Fiji. It also makes it convenient for former Vava’u residents now living in the United States to return home.



May 2012

Air Pacific rebrands to Fiji Airways

Air Pacific officially rebranded in 2012 and reverted to its original name of Fiji Airways. The rebranding to Air Pacific officially took place on 27 June 2013. The name change aimed to associate the airline more closely with the nation and to be more visible in search results.

In China, the name Air Pacific was often confused with Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific, Philippine airline Cebu Pacific and a Chinese air conditioning company. With the rebranding came a name change for the airline's booking classes. The Pacific Voyager (economy) and Tabua Class (business) of Air Pacific became the Fiji Airways' Economy and Fiji Airways' Business Class.

Air Pacific has a subsidiary airline Fiji Link (formerly Pacific Sun) that offers domestic flights and flights to the nearby islands of Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Air Pacific is also a partner with the frequent flyer programmes of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Qantas. Air Pacific has various fare types including Bula Saver and Special, Bula Plus, Biz Saver and Biz Plus. Biz Plus is the most flexible type of ticket in Business including 30kg of checked baggage, 2 x 7kg pieces of carry-on baggage allowance, unlimited changes permitted and cancellations are permitted prior to flight departure. The Fiji government owns 52% of the airline and Qantas 46%, with the governments of several Pacific island nations holding the remainder.



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