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Europe To Tahiti - What Is The Best Option?  
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3955 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9025 times:

I am planning another trip to the South pacific and Tahiti and French Polynesia is one of the places I would like to go back to. Last time I visited French Polynesia, Cook islands and Australia and flew Air New Zealand.


I was very happy with Air New Zealand. An excellent airline.


But what about Air Tahiti Nui or Air France. How do they compare ?

I have heard alot about alomost epty planes on Air Tahiti Nui. Are they financially OK ? Should I be worried trying them ?

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25532 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9015 times:

Well you are a bit held hostage going to Tahiti due to the lack of competition.

As far as ATN, I've flown them. Great paint job, service is ok, but nothing spectacular.

For finances you can find a few discussions here on A.net. Yes they continue to bleed money and recent times they have dropped service to SYD, JFK and KIX as things have gotten more dire. They basically stay alive on the backs of the French Polynesian government, but I am not sure how long they can keep up the venture after years of losses.

Anyhow enjoy the trip. If you need any advice have a good Tahiti travel expert I can link you up with.



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User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1305 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8951 times:

Air Tahiti Nui A340:
+ better seat comfort (much more legroom, and the 2-4-2 abreast configuration is great)
+ more "local" flavour (Gauguin paintings in the cabin, turquoise and blue upholstery...it's a good way to get in the mood for your stay in Tahiti)
+ quieter cabin (a good advantage of the A340)

- old IFE, no AVOD, limited choice. The image and sound quality can be very bad due to the system being based on video tapes...
- Younger crew that tend to lack professionalism

Air France B777:
+ Better IFE (AVOD)
+ PPT-based cabin crew, so that you can get a Polynesian sense of hospitality even when flying with AF. Female f/a put on traditional purutu dresses after take off.

- 777 with 3-3-3 abreast configuration (soon to become 3-4-3...)
- Noisier cabin


User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3955 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8923 times:

Thanx. Much appreciated  Smile

User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 800 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8805 times:

Last year, I've flown LAX-CDG with AF on a 777 configuration 3-4-3 : it has been a real nightmare!
If you choose AF to go to PPT, you'll go through LAX so my advice is : fine with AF if you're in Business or Economy Premium. If you fly Economy, don't choose AF!



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3955 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 8747 times:



Quoting Icarus75 (Reply 4):
Last year, I've flown LAX-CDG with AF on a 777 configuration 3-4-3 : it has been a real nightmare!
If you choose AF to go to PPT, you'll go through LAX so my advice is : fine with AF if you're in Business or Economy Premium. If you fly Economy, don't choose AF!



i beleave that al the airlines flying to Tahiti from europe stops at LAX: air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand and Air France. You can ofcourse go the other way over Asia, but that is a longer trip I think.

I will fly economy. Last time I had 4 seats in the middle all by myself on Air New Zealand 747 400  Smile


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6433 posts, RR: 39
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 8744 times:

NZ now codeshare on TN from PPT to LAX. I'd be keen to travel with NZ to LAX at least and then take the codeshared flight to PPT and that way you'd have the great service and IFE etc of NZ all the way to LAX then only a 7 or so hour flight from there in TN's A343.


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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months ago) and read 8726 times:
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Seat comfort was good, food was good. I have to disagree as on my 4 flights in F on TN, the cabin crew were amazing and professional. Also very beautiful.

I dont recall AVOD or not, as I slept most of the time and didnt pay much attention to that.

If the codeshare info above is correct, I say splitting it between NX and TN would be best.

I would definitely do TN again!



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6433 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8719 times:



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 7):
If the codeshare info above is correct, I say splitting it between NX and TN would be best.

That's if you decide to fly direct to PPT from LAX. There is the other option of travelling to AKL and then connecting onto PPT which means your entire journey from LHR will be on NZ.



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4270 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8714 times:

How about travelling Eastbound via Japan? TN flies from NRT too.
You can find very good fares from Europe to NRT. And you buy a return NRT-PPT.



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3955 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8678 times:

Thanx for all the replies. I think I will chose the option of an around the world ticket. In that case it would proabably be what type of alliance I chose that will decide what airline / airlines.

I hoe to add another island group to tje trip. Maybe Cook islands, Samoa or Tonga.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6433 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8645 times:



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 10):
Thanx for all the replies. I think I will chose the option of an around the world ticket. In that case it would proabably be what type of alliance I chose that will decide what airline / airlines.

I hoe to add another island group to tje trip. Maybe Cook islands, Samoa or Tonga.

In that case, Air New Zealand/Star Alliance would be your best bet. Unfortunately, due to lack of demand, they've significantly reduced the number of flights within the Pacific Islands and now only fly to PPT from AKL.



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3955 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8613 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 11):
In that case, Air New Zealand/Star Alliance would be your best bet. Unfortunately, due to lack of demand, they've significantly reduced the number of flights within the Pacific Islands and now only fly to PPT from AKL.

I would have thought they atleast flew to the Cook islands, who has a certain relationship with NZ.... Have they stopped that route too ?


User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 747 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8608 times:



Quoting Mortyman (Thread starter):
But what about Air Tahiti Nui or Air France. How do they compare ?

I wouldn't recommend AF, flew with them to Tahiti from LAX and the aircraft was an absolute disgrace. The cabin was filthy and the blankets that we were given had a strong smell of BO on them.

Service was fairly standard however wouldn't fly them on this route again.


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6433 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8584 times:



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 12):
I would have thought they atleast flew to the Cook islands, who has a certain relationship with NZ.... Have they stopped that route too ?

Oh sorry, I meant intra island flights. Yes, they continue to serve RAR, IUE, NAN, TBU, APW, PPT and other islands but all from AKL. There used to be flights such as the current AKL-TBU-APW flight that continues to LAX.



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