Review: Fiji Airways Business Class A330 NAN-LAX

Review: Fiji Airways Business Class A330 NAN-LAX

 

This Fiji Airways Business Class Review is from a Fiji trip report. For more on Fiji stay and our Air New Zealand flights to Fiji, please see these posts:

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Fiji Airways A330 Business Class Cabin and Seat Selection

Fiji Airways Business Class on the A330 offers 24 angled flat seats across 4 rows in a 2-2-2 configuration. As with Air Tahiti Nui's paired angled flat seats, this is great for couples traveling together, although not ideal for solo travelers. If you are traveling solo, I highly recommend one of the middle two seats, since at least these seats both have direct aisle access and you won't have to worry about either climbing over your seatmate or having him/her climb over you.

As usual, I'd recommend seats in row 2 and row 3, and avoiding row 1 and row 4, due to potential light and noise from the galley just in front of row 1 and behind row 4.

Fiji Airways Business Class Seat Map, A330

 

Fiji Airways Business Class Seat

The Fiji Airways Business Class seat is 21 inches across, so a half inch wider than Air Tahiti Nui Business Class; however there is greater distance between the rows, 60 inches vs. 53 inches on Air Tahiti Nui. There's plenty of leg room for all seats, including row 1; here are seats 1A and 1B:

Fiji Airways Business Class Review: Seats 1A and 1B

 

The cabin interior looks fresh and more modern than Air Tahiti Nui, with the cream colored leather seats. And fortunately there's also a power outlet for each seat, which Air Tahiti Nui Business Class lacks, and which was a welcome relief after the dearth of power outlets in the Fiji Airways Lounge in Nadi.

Fiji Airways Business Class Review: Power Outlet

 

Seat controls are simple and intuitive:

Review-Fiji Airways Business Class Seat Controls

 

I also liked that Fiji bottled water was already at each place, in a little holder by the arm rest:

Fiji Airways Business Class Review-Fiji Water at Each Seat

 

There are also small storage compartments in the back of the seat in front for electronics, glasses, etc.:

Storage Compartments for Small Items, Fiji Airways Business Class

 

Fiji Airways Business Class Menu and Food, Nadi NAN to Los Angeles LAX

After being welcomed on board, we were offered pre-flight drinks. My son and I both opted for the orange juice drink, which was nicely served with fresh orange slices, although I must say I still prefer the fresh squeezed orange juice that Air New Zealand Premium Economy served.

Pre-Flight Drinks, Fiji Airways Business Class Review, A330

 

Our flight originally was to have been a night flight departing after 9pm Fiji time, but due to the tropical storms it was moved up by 7 hours, so the dinner ended up being a late lunch for us. Here's the menu from Nadi to Los Angeles:

Fiji Airways Business Class Menu

 

And here's the white wine list:

Wine List, Fiji Airways Business Class Review

 

We were also given breakfast menus that were similar to the pre-order menus in hotels, for us to check off our choices.

Fiji Airways Business Class Review-Breakfast Menu

 

I thought the appetizer was the highlight of the meal: Fijian “kokoda” (marinated fish) served with vegetables in a rice paper wrap, alongside a tasty saffron-tumeric-potato tartlet. If the entire meal had been of this quality, I would have been very happy.

Fiji Airways Business Class Review-Appetizer

 

Sadly, that was not to be–the main dish of beef short rib was very lackluster, both in presentation and taste. It also differed from the menu in that there was no sign of sweet potato, only of regular mashed potatoes, and instead looked like a 1970s TV dinner. To be fare, the beef short rib did taste better than a TV dinner, but I couldn't discern the tamarind (which I enjoy and was the key ingredient that made me order the dish) in the sauce.

Fiji Airways Business Class Review-Beef Short Rib Meal

 

The meal was accompanied by a simple but fresh salad and very ordinary bread:

Fiji Airways Business Class Review-Salad and Bread

 

There were no choices for the dessert, only the coconut cheesecake with mango topping. It was better and less cloying than the white chocolate cheesecake on Air New Zealand, but even I make better cheesecake.

Coconut Cheesecake with Mango Topping, Fiji Airways Business Class Review

 

Breakfast the next morning included Yoplait yogurt and our choice of main. The cheese omelet was decent and a good sized portion, but forgettable.

Cheese Omelet, Fiji Airways Business Class Review

 

My son enjoyed the pancake sandwich, although I would have preferred it with pure maple syrup rather than the caramel sauce.

Fiji Airways Business Class Review-Breakfast Pancakes

 

There were no espresso drinks, but the coffee was nice and strong.

Strong Coffee, Fiji Airways Business Class Review

 

Fiji Airways Business Class Amenity Kit

The provided amenity kit included a cute Fiji Airways patterned sleep mask, earplugs, a wooden handled toothbrush with toothpaste, and turquoise compression socks. No moisturizer or lip balm, but I guess they figure that passengers will be either coming from or going to plenty of humidity in Fiji.

Fiji Airways Business Class Amenity Kit Review

 

Fiji Airways Business Class Bed and Sleep Quality

I personally can't sleep on angled flat bed seats, so while the recline of the Fiji Airways Business Class seat was fine for lounging and watching movies, I didn't get any real sleep on them, even after taking a sleep aid and using part of the supplied duvet as a mattress cover.

Fiji Airways Business Class Angled Flat Bed Seat Review

Fiji Airways Business Class Angled Flat Bed Seat Review

 

Fiji Airways In Flight Entertainment

Phitek noise cancelling headphones are provided in Fiji Airways Business Class, for use with the IFE. The IFE control is as usual in the arm rest.

Phitek Noise Canceling Headphones, Fiji Airways Business Class Review

Fiji Airways Business Class Review - IFE Control

 

The IFE offered a good selection of recent and not so recent films. It's not Singapore KrisWorld, but even my movie fanatic husband didn't run out of things to watch.

Fiji Airways In Flight Entertainment Review - Film Selection

 

I watched “The Big Short” with Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell and Christian Bale. Well acted and a good watch, even if in actuality there were many folks who foresaw the housing bubble collapse.

Watching The Big Short, Fiji Airways Business Class Review

 

The Verdict

Fiji Airways Business Class was a better experience than Air Tahiti Nui Business Class, with more modern (and thankfully power supplied) seats and better (although not great) food as well as better IFE. Seats are angled flat, which my son was able to sleep on but which I found too uncomfortable for sleeping, although more than comfortable enough for lounging and watching films. Service was friendly and professional. We especially appreciated the effort to get our flight out before the storm hit, enabling us to depart and arrive earlier than scheduled.

If you've flown Fiji Airways Business Class, what was your experience?

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