A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10137 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4522 times:
I read articles in the past about Air Tahiti Nui being interested in the A340-500 to open up non-stop flights from Tahiti to the US West Coast and increase flights to Europe and/or add new destinations. Does anyone have more updates on this? Can the Air Canada A340-500's be possible candidates for Air Tahiti Nui? What will happen to the Air Canada A340-500's, will they still be delivered to Air Canada? It's a pitty they are still parked doing nothing.
I think the A340-500 will be a good aircraft for Air Tahiti Nui to improve their long-haul operations/service. Air Tahiti Nui has indicated several times that they want to start non-stop flights to the US which I believe is now being done through Japan, am I right?
Here's a link to a virtual image of a Air Tahiti Nui A340-500:
GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4469 times:
Air Tahiti Nui/TN has daily service non-stop PPT/LAX and then LAX/CDG.
What U.S.routes are you refering to that they want to open?
Perhaps they want to fly PPT/CDG non-stop? then I can see a need for
a long range aircraft like the A340-500, otherwise I think their fleet is
suited just fine for their current routes
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10137 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4379 times:
Thanks for the reactions
I was reffering to non-stop flights (PPT-LAX) and (PPT-CDG). Now that F9Widebody is saying about the extension of the A340-500's range, I also remember reading the same thing in an article. I know Air Tahiti Nui already has a well suited fleet for their current routes but they can't operate non-stop flights which is why they were, at a certain point, looking at the ultra long-range A340-500. Isn't Airbus working on a A340-500IGW/HGW variant, just like they are doing with the A340-600HGW for Emirates?
Is there potential for a A340-500 with increased range, it would make the A340-500 an even better competitor to Boeing's 777-200LR. I know the ultra long-range market is a niche market though...
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4325 times:
Isn't Airbus working on a A340-500IGW/HGW variant
The original A340NG wing design was overweight to the tune of more than a ton... once that was corrected (beginning with EK's A345s), it increased both of their ranges even further. Airbus then launched an actual HGW version of A346. No such mention of an A345 HGW.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3872 times:
It's going to take more than one or two smaller buyers to make a market for these airplanes. First, how many passengers really want to fly on an 18 hour non-stop flight? A layover may not seem that bad.
Then consider how crew issues. How many pilots would you need? How much rest would all of those pilots be entitled to afterwards? Flight attendants? I think niche is a better word than market.
As an aviation enthusiast, I certainly appreciate the technical achievement that these planes represent. However as a practical matter, I see the appeal as very limited.