If you're planning your trip to Fiji from the USA, you're probably wondering which Fiji airline service has the best quality and value. We've had a chat with Fiji Airways Regional General Manager of North America Olaf Kaehlert, to find out more about the national Fiji airline - the only airline to fly direct from LAX to Nadi, Fiji - and what our guests can expect to experience in the air.
Olaf, can you tell us a bit about the new Fiji Airways product?
The ‘hard product’ for the US market are our brand new A330 aircraft with its personal inflight entertainment sets, mood lightening, revamped on board food and beverages, and angled lie-flat beds in Business Class. But it really is the ‘soft product’ that is our point of differentiation. When you board a Fiji Airways flight, you instantly feel like you’ve known us for a lifetime. You can expect the same care and warmth you naturally receive in the home of a loved one, because onboard Fiji Airways, you’re not just a seat number, you’re part of our extended Fijian family. The new branding “Welcome to Our Home” embodies the Fijian friendliness.
What is the business class experience like?
Fiji Airways offers Business Class travelers on its new Airbus A330 fleet a unique and exclusive service of travel:
On the ground…
- Dedicated check-in
- Increased baggage allowance
- Express airport lanes at select airports
- Access to lounge facilities at selected airports
In the air…
- A configuration of 24 business class seats
- Comfort focused amenities
- An eight-degree angled lay flat bed that is 76 inches in length with 60 inches of pitch
- Integrated privacy dividers and modern styling for optimal comfort
- A new sleep and breakfast service titled “Yadra Vinaka,” which means “Good Morning” in Fijian
- Noise canceling headsets
- In-seat power
- Individual video screens that are 15.4-inch in size
- A full range of in-flight entertainment on demand
- Three course fine dining
- A range of award winning fine wines, spirits, liqueurs, along with a selection of cheeses
What is the in-flight experience like on Fiji Airways?
New airline amenities include a menu by celebrity chef Lance Seeto, in-flight entertainment, and in-flight magazine “FijiTime”. Passengers can also enjoy our signature cocktail in Business Class! Both classes of cabin are complemented by our on board food and beverage offerings, served by the friendliest cabin crew in the business. They extend their typical Fijian warmth and hospitality in the air to all our guests. All guests have access to personal TV screens which feature are range of movies, TV shows, music and a kids’ selection as well.
Fiji Airways is not the only Fiji airline service offering daily, non-stop flights from Los Angeles, with onward connections to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. “Go to sleep in LA, Wake up in Fiji” provides late evening departures with early morning arrivals. Fiji Airways also offers 3 flights per week from Honolulu: Sundays nonstop, and Tuesdays and Fridays with one stop.
How easy is it for North Americans to get to Fiji from LAX?
Very easy! We provide a non-stop service from Los Angeles to Fiji. Flight time is approximately 10.5 hours gate to gate.
How special is Fiji and the Fijian People?
We are all about Fiji, in everything we do. We’re proudly Fijian, and we’re honoured to represent a wonderful country and its people. The warmth and hospitality of the Fijian people is second to none and we are proud to extend this to all our guests in the air.