Corsair2 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 248 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6885 times:
According to my PADI diving newsletter, Air Tahiti Nui is starting flights direct from New York to Papeete. Anyone know if they are getting more A340's for their new flights? Is a 13h flight in a -300 pushing the endurance envelope?
"We have clearance Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector Victor?"
Zkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1867 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6824 times:
one more a340-300 is due soon, and services are ment to start in july to nyc, diect and , increase services to syd, this will be there 5th aircraft in the fleet,and there might be more planes, if this route works, well!
Not really. AC just finished their Northern Winter run of a nonstop SYD-YVR service which clocks in at 14h 40m, using 340-300 metal. Admittedly there was some form of weight restrictions placed on the flight as SYD-YVR would be considered at the far end of the endurance envelope, being over 7,000 statute. JFK-PPT is only 6,289 statute so the -300's max range of some 7,400 statute makes this route well within levels.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6792 times:
Yes, Air Tahiti Nui is getting a 5th A340-300, a brand new example. The additional aircraft will allow the airline to operate the JFK-PPT flights, 3 times per week I believe, plus the new aircraft will allow them to add/increase frequencies on routes to Sydney and Japan, I believe. Air Tahiti Nui also wants a piece of the New York-Sydney market, so dont be surprised if the flights are operated JFK-PPT-SYD, with a short connection time in PPT or maybe even continuing same aircraft service.
The JFK-PPT flight should not be a problem for the A343, the aircraft has more than enough range, especially in the newer/improved versions. Air Tahiti did look at the A345 (mainly for a proposed PPT-CDG nonstop), but elected against it for several reasons, mainly because the airline would find it very unecomical operating only one of the type.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5549 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6412 times:
Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 5): I believe. Air Tahiti Nui also wants a piece of the New York-Sydney market, so dont be surprised if the flights are operated JFK-PPT-SYD, with a short connection time in PPT or maybe even continuing same aircraft service.
Exactly the plan is certainly to get a slice of the SYD-NYC market and I believe they will be same plane service, though SYD operates 2 weekly and JFK 3 weekly.
OJH, TN don't fly to SYD yet with their own metal.
747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5299 times:
Does anybody know if there is a realistic chancxe that there will, in fact, be a JFK-PPT-SYD flight by Jan/Feb, 2006? I am getting ready to make some reservations for travel JFK-SYD during that time and would hold off a bit if there was a realistic chance there will be a JFK-PPT-SYD flight.
By the way, while I think of it, do they belong to any frequent flyer program of the US legacy carriers?
Nickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5210 times:
You can redeem AA AAdvantage and NW WorldPerks miles for travel on Air Tahiti Nui, but you can not earn them when you fly on them. A kind of unique frequent flyer set-up! I believe they have also signed an agreement with DL that may not have come into effect yet - whether this will be a similar redeem only set-up is yet to be seen.
AFinMIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5051 times:
They are already selling JFK-PPT-SYD on their own metal. The prices are pretty high at the moment. They are also pretty high for just the JFK-PPT legs. I have taken them twice out of LAX -PPT, and still prefer them to Air France, but unless they offer more competitive fares, it seems like connecting through LAX still might remain the best for both SYD, and PPT routes. Time will tell, but I am sure they will add some great competition in the long run.
Bronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 810 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4788 times:
Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 14): The campaign was created by the Ad Agency I work at: SAATCHI & SAATCHI. my coworkers created the campaign and I have a lovely Air Tahiti Nui A340 on my desk as a result!
Damn, you must have a huge desk!! Seriously, if anyone has a chance to visit Tahiti, and specifically Moorea and Bora Bora, you must go. It is the most beautiful place on earth, and the people are extremely welcoming and freindly.