ONE of Air Pacific's Boeing 747-400 aircraft will undergo a routine heavy maintenance check in Singapore beginning today.
Known as the 'C' check, the routine will be completed by December 10.
To minimise disruptions to its customers, the airline has leased a B777-200 ER aircraft from charter airline Euro Atlantic Airways based in Lisbon, Portugal.
"This aircraft will be operated by Euro Atlantic pilots, cabin crew, and maintenance teams, with support from Air Pacific and an Air Pacific cabin attendant who will assist on each flight," a statement from Air Pacific said. It said the 777-200ER aircraft would operate from November 13 to December 15 with 28 business class seats and 288 economy seats. The aircraft would make five flights to Los Angeles, three flights to Hong Kong, and two flights to Sydney.
"Customers 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," the airline stated.
"As a result of this change in equipment, Air Pacific will experience some changes in departure and arrival times for certain flights in December," the statement said.
The Nadi-Auckland-Nadi and Nadi-Sydney-Nadi routes on Saturday, December 1, will be delayed by four hours; the Nadi-Los Angeles flights on Sunday, December 9, will be delayed by eight hours and will depart on Monday morning December 10.
"Air Pacific wishes to apologise in advance to its customers for any disruptions to their travel plans as a result of this unavoidable operational requirement," the airline said.
Passengers affected by the changes would be contacted, as well as those who would now travel on the Euro Atlantic 777-200ER.