Review of Fiji Airways flight Nadi Sydney in Business

Airline Fiji Airways
Flight FJ915
Class Business
Seat 1A
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 05:10
Take-off 20 Sep 23, 19:00
Arrival at 20 Sep 23, 22:10
FJ 9 reviews
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By SILVER 737
Published on 11th May 2024

Fiji Airways FJ915 Nadi to Sydney


Flight Details:
Airlines: Fiji Airways
Flight: FJ915 NAN - SYD
Reg: DQ-FJN "Island Of Ovalau"
Aircraft: Boeing 737-808
Class: Business
Seat: 1D [Changed to 1A]
Departure Nadi: 7.00pm
Arrival Sydney: 10.10pm
Flight time: 4hours 48minutes
Distance: 3170 km or 1970 miles


Video: Fiji Airways FJ915 Nadi to Sydney



Introduction


This trip report is from Sept 2023. After arriving in Fiji, Read trip report: Fiji Airways FJ350 Tokyo to Nadi



Pre-Departure


I was originally booked in Economy. A day before departure, I received an email to upgrade to Business, which I bid and got approved.


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I had checked for the flight while in Tokyo, since the upgrade was last minute. I had to collect boarding pass in Nadi as the credit card processing had some issue with approval.


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Nadi Arrival


After landing in Nadi, I visited Fiji Airways office in the airport, was advised to call the number. I got a local number in Fiji and made the call, took few minutes and it was sorted.


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Taxi rank outside arrival area.


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I called my friend from Fiji to check if his father was in Ba. Since his father was visiting Sydney, I checked if he can recommend a car hire as I wasn't able to get a car. There was movie happening and all car were rented out. Decided against taxi as I would have to walk in heat.


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Fiji Airways selfie point


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Arrival and departure are separate terminal in Nadi. I walked towards the departure terminal to check the details.


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Modernised departure area. Check the terminal in 2013, See report  - Nadi (NAN) - Sydney (SYD) on Air Pacific


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My friend organised a car through a contact. I waited in the departure area till 1.00 pm.


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Weather


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Departure Schedule


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Boarding would open at 4.00pm.


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Arriving at the Airport


I got the car at 1.00pm and drove to Nadi town. I returned back at 5.00pm to check-in for the flight.


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Check-in


Check-in had opened and I dropped bag at the counter. I received the boarding pass.


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My check-in bag was light.


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As I had nothing else to do, I walked towards the immigration and then security check.


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Immigration and Security check


Immigration was quick, in security had to takeout the DJI Pocket 2 for inspection as it has a battery. Laptop had to be removed. Took about 2 minutes and was in the Departure area.


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Fiji Airways Lounge


I walked towards the airport lounge which is on lower level. Took lift down for the lounge.


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Directions for the lounge


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I scanned the boarding pass and was allowed inside the lounge.


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Lounge area had plenty of seating


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Video: TAbua Club Lounge



I booked shower and had some food while waiting.


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Shower buzzer while waiting for my turn.


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After having shower, exited the lounge and returned to the departure area.


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Waiting for boarding call


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Unlike in the past, tarmac view is obstructed by arrival corridor.


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Video: Exploring NAdi Airport



Flight schedule, about an hours for departure


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Sat close to gate after exploring the terminal.


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Checked the flight details on Flightradar24.


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Gate area closed


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Modernised terminal


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Boarding


Announcement was made, flight would be delayed to keep people from crowding around the gate. Boarding was called on time.


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Passport was checked and boarding pass was scanned.


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I was a bit disappointed to see the rego, it's a Boeing 737-800 not a Max 8.


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Onboard


Crew waiting to welcome passengers.


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I occupied the allocated seat. 4 passengers in Business including me.


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Seated spacing and reading material


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Crew handed menu and took order.


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I chose butter chicken.


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Got a champagne glass for drinks along with water. Seat control on side arms.


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I was feeling a little tipsy after all the drinks. Didn't realise, I could move to the other seat as the door was closed.


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Crew handed Ipad for entertainment.


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Pushback and Departure


Pushback started few minutes behind schedule, taxi was short as aircraft was parked close to runway 20-02.

After departure, my neighbour said she would move to other side. I then realised, I wasted opportunity to take departure video. I said I will move and shifted to the empty seat 1A.


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Seat Pocket Content


Seat pocket contained safety card, duty free magazine and air sickness bag


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Fiji Airways Boeing 737-800


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Full page


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Close up


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Placed sideways


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Water bottle


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Seat controls


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Dinner Service


Crew served drinks and I had red wine.


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Starter followed the drinks


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Main dish- Butter chicken, I was tipsy.  Couldn't tell the taste. but papad went well with the red wine.


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Dessert


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I was tired and sleepy, Something was playing on the drop-down screen.


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Flying over the Pacific Ocean


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Air vent, light and controls


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I was asked I would like tea or coffee, I chose tea.


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Loo Visit


I visited the loo.


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Loo had hand wash, body lotion and towels


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As I was sleepy, I didn't check the entertainment.


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Crew was both male and friendly.


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Boeing 737-800 window


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Arriving in Sydney


As aircraft got closer to Sydney, Light began to appear. Runway for landing would be 16R, which meant a nice city view.


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Landing from North on runway 16R. Landed safely and then taxied to gate.


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Immigration and Quarantine


I deboard along with other passengers, I filled the immigration form and passed through self-check kiosk.

Quarantine was quick as my bag had arrived early, I had nothing to declare.


FLight, Route And AircRaft InformaTion


Aircraft arrived 15 minutes early.


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Aircraft routing


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ViDEO: Nadi to Sydney route



Exiting Terminal


I exited the terminal and then joined the taxi queue. I got a taxi and asked driver to take the motorway as I wanted to reach home quickly.

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End of Trip

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Verdict

Fiji Airways

6.5/10
Cabin6.5
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi5.5
Meal/catering6.5

Fiji Airways Tabua Club Lounge

7.0/10
Comfort7.5
Meal/catering7.0
Entertainment/wifi6.5
Services7.0

Nadi - NAN

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Sydney - SYD

7.5/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

Fiji Airways service onboard was excellent, Flight departed and arrived on time. Crew on board was friendly.Wifi on board was not available, I got an ipad to entertain but didn't use.

Lounge was comfortable, I had a good shower and food. I didn't check the wifi in the lounge.

Overall a satisfactory trip.

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    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6814 Comments
    Great report as always! Fiji's service looks really appealing overall. Nice cabins, friendly crews, and the catering looks quite good...at least visually. That and I really love their livery. It's nice that they give a tablet in Business on the 737s. Hope I get a chance to try Fiji sometime.

    Thanks for sharing!

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