We have used the Novotel Auckland Airport previously for one night stays only, this time was for two nights and this stay was in an executive room advertised as being on their premier high floors. Our impression was that the room felt smaller than others we have had on lower floors. Breakfast buffet both mornings was ok but nothing outstanding. Altogether the Novotel Auckland Airport is in a great location if you are flying in late or leaving early and has always been very clean and modern.
Qantas flight 149 Sydney to Auckland equipment is now an A330 service replacing the B737 which used to operate this route. Benefits are there is now seating rows of 2 only side by side in economy for the window seat rows although there is a center row on these aircraft and in business class almost all these aircraft have the new Qantas business class seating featuring fully lay flat beds and increased privacy and direct isle access for every seat. The new business class seats are a huge improvement over the business class seats on Qantas B737 seating.
Fiji Airways FJ 915 Nadi to Sydney our operating aircraft according to flight history was a Boeing 737 Next Gen - MSN 34969 - DQ-FJN originally operated by Air Berlin from 2007 until 2015 and now by Fiji Airways since late May 2015
WTF internally this aircraft is a heap of shit.
I seriously considered deplaning just after boarding when I saw the state of it. The business class seats are stuffed, after take off I was eyeing off the empty economy seats behind.
Finally tried out the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge Nadi International Airport after being allowed to check in slightly before 3 hours prior to our scheduled departure.
Had a shower first up all good it had not been used for a while and was all clean and dry, towels and bodywash/conditioner/shampoo and other stuff I did not take any notice of. At first I thought there was no hot water it seemed to run cold for a couple of minutes but then warmed up for the first shower that was not stone cold for the past week.
Have never really experienced this before, especially at an airlines home base airport as Nadi airport is for Fiji Airways. Had been traveling with others who were leaving Nadi Airport on an earlier flight to a different destination. Their flight departed at 14:45 and ours 3 hours and 45 minutes later at 18:30
This meant they needed to check in around 12:45 and would be boarded around 14:15