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Jun 30, 2017

Fiji Airways A330

Fiji Airways carries out its promise to incite log distance travel truancy today with the start of one stop flights between Adelaide (737-800) and a connection to Los Angeles or San Francisco (A330) or Honolulu (who cares in what?)

There are three obvious attractions. It means you can avoid a Sydney Airport connection from one side of this irritating facility to the other in order to enjoy Fiji in its own right. Or to get to the US, if you don’t miss the flight when you built a Fiji stopover into the itinerary, and you have a choice of two other American cities other than LA in Fiji Airways flights from Nadi to San Francisco or Honoulu.

Fiji Airways already has non-stops to Nadi from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and a full guide as how to succumb to Fiji’s stopover options can be found at its website or through a travel agent.

Your grandparents knew all about the Fiji experience in the 50s, 60s and 70s, before non-stop trans Pacific services were introduced late in the 70s and during the the earlier 80s (747-300s) via just Honolulu succumbed to the economics of the Boeing 747 SPs (once sorted out) and Boeing 747-400s in the 90s.

Fiji’s Nadi (pronounced Nandi) airport was operationally vital to US flight connections by Qantas and Pan American in the early jet age, with Air New Zealand, American Airlines and Continental and eventually United all joining in mainly using DC-10s in the earlier years.

Nadi isn’t really a tourism attraction. The nearby outer islands, the close in cruise options, the incredible offshore surfing breaks, the wonderful inland villages and larger island resorts, are something in a class of their own for hospitality and value. This is an unashamed plug for Fiji tourism from someone who went there by everything from loaded to the plimsoll line island trading ships to impossibly futuristic early model 707s.

There are ‘issues’ in paradise. Missing your plane is one of them.

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4 thoughts on “Adelaide has a new way to avoid Sydney connections to US

  1. comet

    “impossibly futuristic early model 707s.”

    The 707 would have appeared more wondrous and futuristic to the population of the 1950s than modern airliners appear to us today.

  2. PaulM

    It’s nice to see an international airline that can recognise there is more to Australia than the Emerald City. It’s a pity it’s not Qantas, which takes to heart Paul Keating’s notion that if you’re not in Sydney, you’re camping out.

    1. Rais

      Reminds me of when I was travelling overseas with some people I regarded as fellow Aussies until one of the Sydneysiders asked me what floor my office was on in Perth. I said it was the twelfth floor. He said, “Does Perth have a building that tall?” (Just for the record, three of the 20 tallest buildings in Australia are in Perth CBD, a reasonable proportion for a State with about 11% of the country’s population.) I hear so often from Sydney and Melbourne people how isolated Perth is 3 1/2 hours from Asia so I get a bit of schadenfreude when the first non stop flights from Europe are starting from Perth. Not that I’d squeeze into a nine-across B787 for 17 hours, give me one or two stops in comfort.

    2. Dan Dair

      Many people from the ‘capital’ city generally have that same arrogance about them, irrespective of which nation they’re from.
      London & New Yorkers are prime examples.?