When the Pacific paradise of Fiji calls, there is no better way to get there than with Fiji Airways Business Class and its award-winning service.
1. Fiji Airway’s brand new A350-900 XWB
Fiji’s national carrier Fiji Airways is the first Pacific-based airline to operate the new A350-900 XWB aircraft, the world’s most modern long-range leader from Los Angeles International Airport. Fiji Airways has daily nonstop service from LAX to Nadi international Airport (pronounced Nandee), its hub, located on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. Flights depart LAX in the evening, cross the international date line and arrive at dawn a day later in Nadi in time for a full day of Pacific pleasure. Fiji’s also has thrice-weekly A-330 non-stop service from San Francisco International Airport to Nadi, also departing in the evening and arriving in the early morning a day later.
2. Spacious Business Class Cabin
Fiji Air’s Business Class cabin boasts very comfortable seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration, all with direct aisle access and a 60 to 62-inch pitch.
All 33 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seats, just four abreast, are fully lie-flat. Most importantly, when it comes time for a bit of slumber, Fiji Airways cabin crew magically appear like benevolent fairy godparents with mattress pads and duvets providing for a wonderfully restful sleep across the great Pacific pond.
3. Need to work?
Fiji Airways flights on the A350-900 XWB have full Wi-FI connectivity for passengers’ personal electronic devices so work can get done before the pleasure begins. There is also full LED ambient lighting with a large variety of customizable lighting scenarios to add to passengers’ comfort. Additionally, the A350-900 XWB “Airspace” cabin is quite happily the quietest of any twin-aisle aircraft. This is thanks no doubt in part to the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines and other engineering feats that result in a 40-percent noise footprint reduction. The A350-900 are also eco-friendlier, with 25-percent lower CO2 emissions than previous generation aircraft.
4. It is all about comfort
Business class cubbies are spacious with plenty of storage for laptops, files and other personal items. There are also perfectly placed dedicated reading lights and the largest overhead luggage bins on the market. For those looking to instead catch up on movies, television or audio books, a 17-inch high definition Thales touch screen in-flight entertainment system with oversize comfortable padded headphones makes the time literally fly right by.
The A350-900 also has the highest ceiling in the industry at 95-inches, as well as vertical sidewalls, so there is a sense of spaciousness for passengers.
5. Fijian hospitality
Fijians are well-known for their heartfelt hospitality. Fortunately for travelers to and from Fiji, the crew of Fiji Airways brings this genuine cultural kindness every day and on every flight to its friendly skies. Travelers are welcomed aboard Fiji Airways aircraft with the traditional “Bula” greeting – more or less the Aloha equivalent in Bauan, Fiji’s main dialect – and are made to feel very welcome indeed. Service is prompt, polite and available without being hovering. Once on board, the holiday truly begins as passengers head to Fiji, with the same excellent service on your return.
6. Nadi’s Excellent Business Class Lounge
While many air carriers have reduced their beverage and culinary offerings in their airport lounges, not so with Fiji Airways. It’s modern business class lounge in Nadi offers a full bar with an excellent selection of Australian and New Zealand wines.
Moreover, Fiji Airways Executive Chef Joel Crompton’s team prepares top notch restaurant worthy food at Fiji Airways Nadi lounge. In addition to perfectly grilled, made-to-order sirloin steaks or fresh island Walu fish, there are gluten free options as well as excellent vegetarian fare.
Additionally, there are flat screen televisions, comfortable seating and helpful hosts and wait staff. You may be so content in the Fiji Airways lounge you may in fact be sad when your flight is called.
7. Dining in the sky
Just as in the business class lounge, you certainly will not go hungry in the air. Service commences with champagne, wine or an island cocktail. After take-off, there are several delicious options for dinner, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. The desserts will make you reconsider your bathing suit attire. To assure your trip ends perfectly, just before landing at Nadi, LAX or SFO, freshly brewed coffee is served with a choice of full or continental breakfast.
8. Perfect timing
Fiji Airways flights from the west coast arrive to Nadi roughly at 5:30am. This means that if you are staying on the main island of Viti Levu, you have a full day ahead of you to enjoy. If you are going onward to one of Fiji’s gorgeous 300 islands, you will be able to easily make your connection. This is so whether you are flying onward from Nadi domestically or taking a ferry from nearby Denerau Island. Wherever you stay in Fiji, getting there on Fiji Airways will be a pleasure and a remarkable time awaits you in this truly Pacific paradise.
Julie L. Kessler is a journalist, attorney, legal columnist and the author of the award-winning memoir: “Fifty-Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight.” She can be reached at Julie@VagabondLawyer.com.