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Air Pacific leases temporary plane

By ELLEN STOLZ Air Pacific will lease a Boeing B777-200 ER aircraft from Euro Atlantic Airlines based Portugal, while one of its jumbo aircrafts is undergoing a routine maintenance. The
13 Nov 2012 07:49

A Euro Atlantic Boeing B777-200 ER. Photo: Courtesy of AIR PICS

By ELLEN STOLZ

Air Pacific will lease a Boeing B777-200 ER aircraft from Euro Atlantic Airlines based Portugal, while one of its jumbo aircrafts is undergoing a routine maintenance.
The national airline announced yesterday that its B747-400 jumbo aircraft will be undergoing a routine heavy maintenance check (called a ‘C’ check) in Singapore from November 15 to December 10, 2012.
In order to minimise disruptions and inconvenience to their customers, Air Pacific is leasing the new aircraft.
In a statement, the airline said the aircraft would fly a total of five flights to Los Angeles, three flights to Hong Kong and two flights to Sydney.
The 777-200 ER aircraft has a total of 28 business class seats and 288 economy seats and will operate from November 13 to December 15.

Euro Atlantic crew
The aircraft will be operated by Euro Atlantic pilots, cabin crew and maintenance teams, with support from Air Pacific and Air Pacific cabin attendants who will assist on each flight.
As a result of this change in equipment, Air Pacific will experience some changes in departure and arrival times for certain flights in December:
Nadi-Auckland-Nadi, Saturday December 1, these flights will be delayed four hours. Nadi-Nadi-Sydney-Nadi, Saturday December 1, these flights will be delayed four hours. Nadi-Los Angeles-Nadi, Saturday December 1, this flight will be delayed by eight hours, departing on the morning of Monday December 10, 2012.
However, customers travelling on the new aircraft can expect the same or similar on-board services and operational standards as they currently receive on Air Pacific’s own aircraft during this period.
Air Pacific has apologised in advance to its customers for any distributions to their travel plans as a result of this unavoidable operational requirement.
Air Pacific reservations staff have been and will be contacting customers affected by resulting schedule changes as well as those customers who will now travel on the Euro Atlantic 777-200ER.




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