Air Pacific has farewelled one of its longest serving planes but it can't shake its so-called maintenance problems.
A big deal was made a couple of days about the 767-300 Island of Taveuni plane making its final flight to Hong Kong ahead of the arrival of the new Airbus A330 fleet.
But not a mention about the problems that continue to dog Air Pacific with pilots now adopting work to rule.
Previously, airmen would go out of their way to assist if their services were needed to bring tourists in or fly them out of the country.
This is not the case anymore. Pilots are now only doing flights they are rostered for as a result of the new job and salary conditions, which came into place on January the first.
The results, as we have seen, have been nothing short of disastrous. Flights have had to be cancelled because of a lack of crew. Air Pacific's spin doctor, Shane Hussein, is doing a good job lying to the public that it is maintenance issues causing the disruptions.
In fact, Air Pacific has had to charter seven flights from Qantas and Air New Zealand in the past two weeks to cope with the cancelled and delayed flights.
When you add the cost of these charters with hotel accommodation and meals for disgruntled passengers (mostly tourists), it paints a troubling picture. How long can the disruptions continue and how much is it costing the airline?